A 43-year-old man was found unconscious by an acquaintance in a park in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, at around 12:50 a.m. on Wednesday, police said. The man, who was identified as Taisei Hitomi, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to the police, an autopsy showed the cause of death was respiratory failure after the victim's lung was punctured by one of his ribs. Police say that 20 of the victim's ribs were broken in what appears to have been a violent attack.
According to the prefectural police organized crime division, it appears that Hitomi became embroiled in some kind of trouble, prompting some of his friends to instigate a late-night search on Tuesday.© News reports