• Kyodo


Three bodies were discovered in a minivan in a parking lot in the city of Yamaguchi, police said Saturday.

Burned charcoal was found in the vehicle. Two men — a 33-year-old from Shimane Prefecture and another appearing to be 25 to 35 — and a 33-year-old woman from Kumamoto Prefecture apparently committed suicide together, the police said.

A passerby found the minivan at around 6:40 p.m. Friday and notified the police. The vehicle was locked and its windows were sealed with tape from the inside.

A note believed to have been written by the three was found in the back seat.

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