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Mother, adult son found dead in apartment

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The bodies of a 57-year-old woman and her 24-year-old son have been found in an apartment in Osaka Prefecture's Yao City, police said, adding they appeared to have been dead for about a month.

According to police, the resident of the apartment, Kayoko Koga, and her son Mikio Morita, whose address is unknown, were found by a nursing care worker at around 11:50 a.m. on Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The apartment's water and gas had been shut off, and there was little money found on either body.

Police said autopsies will be performed to determine whether the deaths occurred from starvation or sickness. There were no noticeable injuries on the bodies when they were found lying on a futon and bed in the same room. The front door was unlocked. There was very little food in the refrigerator.

Koga, who was receiving welfare, lived alone. She last collected welfare in December. Police said she had a chronic illness and required nursing care due to her inability to walk.

While both bodies were found a month after their death, Koga’s body had reportedly has been decomposing longer. The nursing care worker last visited the apartment in mid-February, but there was no response from Koga at the time.

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This is tragic. It says a lot about a system that can let a vulnerable woman and her son starve to death.

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This is tragic. It says a lot about a system that can let a vulnerable woman and her son starve to death.

She was receiving welfare.

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Police said she had a chronic illness and required nursing care due to her inability to walk

she had a chronic illness and needed nursing care, but had been dead for a month before she and her some were found? That doesn’t make sense! Unless the carer only came once a month or less.

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Another cold and sad story and not far from where I live in Osaka.

Yao is not unlike any other suburb in urban Japan with mansions and houses tightly packed into narrow streets.

And sadly not unlike many other places here and in this mad world where neighbors don't have much to do with each other beyond the occasional hurried hello or excuse me.

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24year old... system let him starve? which system?

probably lazy bastard that was mooching of a parent

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