A 41-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her four young children at their home in Sue, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Monday morning.
According to police, the woman's husband, Masao Fuchi, 39, discovered the bodies in a Japanese-style room on the first floor of the house at around 5:50 a.m., Fuji TV reported.
Police said that the four children, a boy, Shunsuke, aged 10, twin girls Mina and Miyu, aged 6, and a 3-year-old girl, Mio, had been strangled to death with a TV game cord, while their mother Junko had slit her wrists with a kitchen knife.
Police said Junko survived her wounds and was taken to hospital where she is in a stable condition. Police quoted her as saying she killed her children and then tried to kill herself, but will wait until she recovers before questioning her further.
Her husband said everything seemed alright on Sunday night at 11 p.m. when he went to bed.
Meanwhile, local media reported that Junko called 110 on Aug 19, seeking consultation about a domestic problem but was vague and rambling, according to police. However, police said they visited the home on the afternoon of Aug 19 but found nothing out of the ordinary.
She called 110 again the next day to say that things were OK, police said.
The local child welfare consultation center said it had received no reports from the family or school about any trouble at home.© Japan Today