The bodies of a woman and her four children were found in their apartment in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, on Friday. Police said they are investigating the case as one of murder-suicide.
The bodies were found by a police officer at around 2 p.m. The woman, identified as Maiko Matsubayashi, 35, and the four children -- three girls aged 15, 12 and 10, and a boy aged 9 -- were lying on futons, Tokai TV reported. There were no external injuries on the bodies, but a barbecue gas range with traces of charcoal in it was near the bodies.
An acquaintance of the woman was quoted by police as saying that he had spoken with her on the phone on Thursday night and that she had hinted at committing suicide. She also told him that it would be terrible to leave her children behind. The man contacted police who visited the apartment and found the bodies.© Japan Today