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Transgender Fussa man found dead with face skinned off

Kyodo, Staff Report

In a bizarre case, a former woman who was in a relationship with his adopted hormone-injecting son was found dead in the western Tokyo suburb of Fussa on Thursday with his face skinned off by a knife, the police said.

Media reports said the victim was Yoshi Tsuchida, 38, a former woman who had undergone a sex change. The rest of his body bore no injuries and lay wrapped in a blanket, with a plastic bag over the face.

The body was discovered by a man in his 20s who shares an apartment with Tsuchida and identified himself as his adopted son, the police said. The man called an ambulance.

The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported Tsuchida had undergone a sex change operation and had been in a relationship with the “son,” who was injecting himself with female hormones, the newspaper said.

Police had received several calls earlier this year from neighbors who reported hearing shouting from inside the apartment, the report said.

The man reportedly told police the two had returned home separately at around 5:30 a.m. and went to sleep in separate rooms. He said he found Tsuchida’s body when he woke up later.

The apartment is in a residential area about 500 meters northeast of JR Fussa Station.

  • Charles Lewis

    I mean, I think I understand what happened, but then again, maybe I don’t. So, Mr. Tsuchida(who used to be a woman), had his face skinned off. The body was discovered by his adopted son(name hasn’t been released); who has been taking female hormones, and was in a relationship with Mr. Tsuchida….?

  • Finlay

    “son” … “former woman” … this isn’t very responsible use of language, you know.

  • Jamie Bakeridge

    This is grossly bigoted reporting using phrases such as “former woman”.

  • Nobu Tarou

    Deep condolence to a person who dead while her (his?) face skinned off. This is a news of the person of just a stranger to me, but feel very socked and sorry for hearing such a cruel treatment after his/her demise. Its really scaring. I never want to read such a creepy news again. Respect the dignity of the dead.

  • Nobu Tarou

    Deep condolence to a person who dead while her (his?) face skinned off. This is a news of the person of just a stranger to me, but feel very socked and sorry for hearing such a cruel treatment after his/her demise. Its really scaring. I never want to read such a creepy news again. Respect the dignity of the dead.

  • Selina Monte Carlo

    This is the most insensitive and transphobic reporting of this story I’ve seen so far.

    Shame on you Japan Times for publishing this.

  • Jasper Martin

    is gay marriage legal in japan? Many gay people will legally “adopt” their love interest in order to obtain inheritance rights, etc. That being said, both of these individuals were both trans, in varying stages of transition.

  • Jasper Martin

    This is almost like Norman Bates in Psycho. Or perhaps Hannibal the Cannibal. Trans people can be super weird.

  • Buck

    I read the article, I think “”assigned” sex at birth” is problematic. Nobody
    assigns your sex, it’s what you are naturally born with. It is in your genes. You can have a different gender, so I can see using “assigned gender at birth”. Nevertheless, you are not addressing the point I am trying to make. That information the reader needs is not being delivered if you only use terms like those you suggested.

  • Buck

    When they refer to “former women”, I am sure most people assume (correctly) they are refering to sex and not gender. Women and female are essentially synonyms.