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Man questioned over corpse found on his boat

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Police in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, are questioning a Nepalese man after a decayed body was found on his motorboat at a marina.

According to police, the naked corpse, whose age and gender are unknown, was found wrapped in a plastic blue sheet inside a wooden box on the boat on Saturday afternoon, Fuji TV reported. Police said the boat had been anchored at the marina for about two years and that there had been no contact with the owner during that time. A marina official noticed a foul odor coming from the boat and notified police.

Investigators revealed Monday that the boat's owner is a Nepalese man who was detained last month by the Immigration Bureau for overstaying his visa. Police said the man has so far refused to talk about the corpse.

An autopsy will be conducted on Wednesday to try and identify the deceased individual and cause of death.

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Can this guy hold out longer than the police and prosecutors? If so, the police and prosecutors will actually have to do their jobs and investigate instead of relying on a confession.

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So the man was detained last month by the Immigration Bureau for overstaying his visa. Good to know the Immigration Bureau is doing their job now the police have to do their job once the autopsy is complete they can charge this guy with let's say Murder. It's kind of obvious if this boat was anchored for two years with no contact with the owner during the two years and the body was found wrapped in a plastic blue sheet inside a wooden box on the boat it's Murder. Oh wait the person committed suicide then wrapped them self in a plastic sheet and jumped into the wooden box. No I was drunk and I don't remember. Excuses Excuses wonder which one this guy will use.

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It's kind of obvious

No it isn't. The dead person could have died from natural causes or suicide and someone, and I really mean someone, anyone, might have decided to hide the corpse on the unused boat for reasons such as continuing to collect a pension or simply because they feared police would think it was murder or because they did not know what to do with a corpse in Japan, who to call, or did not have the money to pay for burial expenses.

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If so, the police and prosecutors will actually have to do their jobs and investigate instead of relying on a confession.

What??

Chip, this is Japan.

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Confessions in Japan are dubious these days. Too many forced statements of guilt.

I've been interviewed by the Police a couple of times, (without Lawyer present), and they always seem to go on the attack (aggressively asking directed questions) - which makes it seem like its your fault, trying to trip you up, trying to find holes in your statement. It's really quite frustrating, especially when you're the "victim"... my only advice is stay your ground, tell the truth in really simple terms - so that nothing gets lost in translation.... and think before you speak, also remember be Polite / Courteous. As for this person's predicament... the Visa issue aside, it would need to be proven that he put the body on the boat, and furthermore he actually murdered the deceased - which is going to be a tough one for J-Cop to prove without the forced confessions that they're renown for. ... also how come he'd managed to purchase a boat with a temporary visa ?

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how come he'd managed to purchase a boat with a temporary visa ?

By using money?

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mmwkdw: Curious to know what caused you be questioned by the police a couple of times?

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@Goyabento - Cycling related issues which were clearly proven not to be my fault, never-the-less the initial approach taken is that you are to blame.

To make matters worse, even though I was shown to be blameless, the Insurance Companies here won't pay out, they initially start off with a 60/40 claims balance when you are proven innocent... except their version of innocence is that you must have some blame to bear, since you were there...

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