• Kyodo


Shizuoka Prefectural Police on Sunday arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a 27-year-old woman earlier this month and abandoning the corpse.

A body found wrapped Friday in a blanket and futon in a mountainous area of Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, was identified earlier Sunday as restaurant worker Kiyoko Serizawa of Numazu, local police said.

The man, Masaru Nagashima, a part-time truck driver from Kannami, Shizuoka Prefecture, has admitted to killing the woman, police said.

Nagashima said he strangled her at his home on April 14 because he was angry over her unfaithful attitude. He then put her body in his van and dumped it in Mishima on Wednesday, police said.

The two met through a telephone dating service and had been dating since last summer, but Serizawa had another boyfriend, police quoted the suspect as saying. Although the two had agreed to part, Serizawa called and asked to meet again around April 12, and had been staying at his house, according to Nagashima.

The suspect said he kept the body in his room on the second floor of his house for five days, but decided he had to get rid of it after hearing reports Wednesday of a teenage girl who was fatally stabbed in Numazu, according to police.

The rope used to bind the bedding around Serizawa’s body had a special type of knot, investigators said.

According to investigators, Serizawa went missing April 12 after leaving home at around 7 p.m.

Serizawa’s parents contacted police early Saturday upon hearing news reports about the discovery of the body. Fingerprints taken from the woman’s room matched those of the corpse.

Serizawa lived with her parents and her 6-year-old daughter.

Suspect brings body

CHIBA (Kyodo) Chiba Prefectural Police arrested a 25-year-old man late Saturday on suspicion of killing a woman whose corpse he personally delivered to authorities.

Arrested on suspicion of murder was Daisuke Kuchikata, an unemployed resident of Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture.

According to police, Kuchikata drove his car to Chiba Minami Police Station at around 11:45 p.m. Saturday and told officers he had killed an acquaintance and that the body was in his car.

When police checked the vehicle, they found the body of Kazuki Furuhata, 19, a vocational school student, in the passenger’s seat.

According to police, the two were out for a drive along the Tone River in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday night around 9 p.m. when Kuchikata strangled the woman.

The suspect is telling police he and Furuhata had been dating for a few years but were told by her parents to stop seeing each other.