Police said Monday that a 77-year-old woman was found dead Sunday in her home in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, and her 49-year-old son was found unconscious in the bathroom, in what authorities believe was an apparent murder-suicide.
Police have identified the dead woman as Fumiko Furusawa. According to TV Asahi, Furusawa's daughter visited her mother's home at about 3 p.m. on Sunday. She found her mother lying motionless on the floor, with a cord wrapped around her neck, police said. Her brother -- a member of the Japanese Self-Defense Force -- was lying in the bathroom, having sustained what appear to be self-inflicted stab wounds to his chest and torso.
Emergency services were called to the scene and Furusawa was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead, police said.
The son's condition is not life-threatening. A police spokesperson said investigators are looking into the possibility that the incident was a failed murder-suicide.© Japan Today