• Kyodo


A 37-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy were taken into custody Thursday in the city of Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, for allegedly dumping the body of the boy’s slain mother.

The man, Yoshiki Harada, has admitted killing Yoshimi Kato, 35, with whom he had been living, according to police.

He was quoted as telling investigators that he placed her body in a refrigerator truck because he did not know how else to dispose of it. Investigators plan to question him about the murder.

Police said Harada and the teenager, a first-year junior high school student, are believed to have put the body in the truck in mid-May. The vehicle sat in a parking lot about 10 meters from Kato’s apartment.

The body was discovered July 31, and police began questioning Harada when it was identified as Kato.

The 13-year-old boy has told police that he helped move his mother’s body.

He cannot be held criminally responsible for his actions due to his age, but police have notified the local child consultation center. The center interviewed the boy later Thursday and sent him to the Nagoya Family Court.

Police said that based on the pair’s statements, the son was not involved in the murder. Kato was probably murdered about a week to 10 days before the pair put her body in the truck, according to the investigation.

Kato met Harada about two years ago and began living with him soon after. She returned to her parents’ home in February, but she and her son moved back in with Harada in late March.

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