Police have arrested a 67-year-old man who abandoned the body of his 87-year-old mother at her home two years ago because he could not afford to pay for her funeral.
According to police, Norio Sasakawa has been charged with abandoning the body of his mother, Akiko Shiratori, at her residence in a housing complex in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, after she died in late November 2013, Sankei Shimbun reported Thursday.
The case came to light when Sasakawa's sister visited the residence in December 2013 after not hearing from her mother and found the body wrapped in a blanket in a futon. Sasakawa had dropped out of sight and did not keep in touch with his sister for the past two years.
Sasakawa, who is unemployed and now lives in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, was arrested after police tracked him through his welfare recipient records.
Sasakawa was quoted by police as saying his mother died due to an illness while they were living together. He said he couldn't pay for her funeral and that he just wanted to escape from reality.© Japan Today