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Police questioning coworker of murdered woman in Yamanashi

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Police have been questioning a coworker of the woman who was found murdered on May 2. The body of the woman, who has been identified as 26-year-old Konomi Watanabe, was discovered in a mountain forest in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture. Police said Tuesday they are currently questioning the man on a voluntary basis.

According to police, Watanabe told her parents, with whom she lived, that she was going out to talk to a coworker about marriage. She then set off by car from Chiba to Yamanashi. Watanabe's coworker, a 30-year-old man, is married but Watanabe reportedly told her parents he was planning to get a divorce and marry her. Watanabe left her home late in the evening on April 29 and was not heard from again.

Police said the man in question had an exemplary attendance record at work and had not been absent since joining the company in 2006. However, he took two days off on April 30 and May 1.

The suspect is also believed to be renting a second apartment in Kofu. On the evening of April 30, a neighbor witnessed the man carrying a large object that appeared to be a futon from his apartment.

When they were unable to contact their daughter after April 30, Watanabe's parents began searching for her and asked the man if he had seen her. He told them that he hadn't seen their daughter.

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Police said the man in question had an exemplary attendance record at work and had not been absent since joining the company in

However, he took two days off on April 30 and May 1.

So he took a weekend off to give his mattress a shake up

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Somehow the pieces do not add up. According to her neighbors, Konomi was an ojosan-type. So, why was she going with a married man? How did a talk "about marriage" turn into her being left dead in the mountains like rubbish? This is a strange case.

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Police said the man in question had an exemplary attendance record at work and had not been absent since joining the company in 2006. However, he took two days off on April 30 and May 1.- SO he took a Saturday and Sunday off? during Golden Week? and that is strange?

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Does this mean he's not getting a divorce?

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Kichigai--strangely, they omit his place of business, but he could work in retail or delivery or any other business that works 7 days a week regardless of holidays.

I'll say it certainly isn't a good thing to dally with married men, but then again, she's not the one cheating.

Unfortunately for her, a lot of, "Yeah, I'm totally going to get divorced!" is only a line to keep her hanging on, and then, "But you said you were going to get divorced!" sometimes can turn into ... bodies being carried out of apartments in futons. I'm not saying that all men who cheat are potential murderers, but if a guy is going to cheat on his wife and lie to his girlfriend, murder doesn't seem so impossible to fathom. (Speculating a little, but this scenario--lying about impending divorce--happens a lot.)

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but if a guy is going to cheat on his wife and lie to his girlfriend, murder doesn't seem so impossible to fathom.

Ridiculous. It is easy to believe that far, far more women are murdered by single boyfriends than married ones. The reason is because a married man has far more to lose by being so stupid as to commit murder.

As for men lying about getting a divorce, even in such cases, subterfuge is the exception rather than the rule. A lot of men mean it, or feel pressured to say and mean it on the spot. But when they think it through they change their mind. From that point more men get trapped in a cycle of lying than those who lied frome the outset. Men are notoriously slow on such subjects. But when it comes right down to it, they dated the woman because they wanted a mistress and not a new wife. And they may love their mistress dearly, but that sort of love is usually temporary, as strong as it may be in the short term.

Some of you have stated your opinion and I will state mine. Having a lover is fine. But both parties have to accept it for what it is. Trouble (though still not usually murder) comes from trying to pressure married people to divorce. If its a spouse you want, you need to drop your married lover, not pressure them. Let them divorce on their own.

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The use of the word "murder" on this site really is sloppy. It's a definite legal term, with a precise definition. You can't say this woman was "murdered" until there's been a trial. She might have been killed accidentally (as in some of the stranger types of sex-play) or she might have been the victim of manslaughter. Whats's wrong with the simple "dead woman in Yamanashi"?

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Whats's wrong with the simple "dead woman in Yamanashi"?

Because when the soundtrack blares those dramatic brass notes and the actor swings his head to eye the camera, it's much more effective to blurt out, "Murder!?" than "Dead woman in Yamanashi!"

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