The body of a woman who had been missing since Wednesday in a forest in Kazuno, Akita Prefecture, was found on Friday morning.
Police said the woman, who is believed to be 74-year-old Tsuwa Suzuki, was badly mauled most likely by a bear. However, a positive identification has yet to be made.
Fuji TV reported that Suzuki had come from Towada in neighboring Aomori Prefecture.
There have been several bear sightings recently. Three men have been killed by bears in the same area since May 21.
According to police, the woman had gone picking bamboo shoots in the forest, a popular activity among locals. Her car was found parked at the entrance to the forest on Wednesday afternoon, and she had not been seen since.
Police and members of local fire fighters searched for the woman on Thursday without luck. They resumed the search on Friday and found her body at around 10:40 a.m.
Meanwhile, Kyodo News reported that a hunter killed a bear in the forest near where the body was found.© Japan Today