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KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Pref. (Kyodo) A former contract cameraman for NHK was arrested Monday on suspicion of burying a slain woman on a local beach last week.

The 35-year-old cameraman, who worked at NHK’s Kanazawa broadcast station, tried to commit suicide Feb. 18 after police questioned him on a voluntary basis. He was taken from a hospital and is undergoing treatment.

Although he had fallen unconscious and was in serious condition after the suicide attempt at his home in Kanazawa, the police determined he had recovered enough to be incarcerated.

The man, whose name was not released, has denied being involved in the woman’s fate, according to the police.

The victim, housewife Haruna Fukuda, 27, was last seen alive when she left her house in Kanazawa on the evening of Feb. 6 after telling her mother she was going out to “get money back” and would return shortly, the police said.

The man was found to have received several million yen from Fukuda, according to the police investigation.

The police searched coastal areas in and around Kanazawa for the woman’s corpse, after finding bloodstains, sand and parts of seashells in the man’s car, and discovered the body in the town of Uchinada last Thursday. Fukuda had been stabbed in the neck and had died of hemorrhagic shock, the police said.

Mazda ‘karoshi’ cost

KOBE (Kyodo) Mazda Motor Corp. must pay about ¥63 million in damages to the parents of an employee who committed suicide in 2007 after working excessive overtime and suffering from depression, the Kobe District Court ruled Monday.

In handing down his decision in the “karoshi” (death from overwork) case, the presiding judge, Ryuji Nakamura of the court’s Himeji branch, said Mazda should have looked after the health of the employee, who got no support from his supervisor when his hours were prolonged following a spate of client difficulties.

The man’s father urged the automaker to apologize.

“Mazda has been taking a self-protecting stance by saying it bears no responsibility (for the suicide) and has been concealing facts.

The plaintiffs had demanded about ¥110 million.

According to the court, the victim, who was handling the purchase of engine filters from November 2006, developed depression and committed suicide in April 2007 when he was 25, after working long hours of overtime without support following work-related troubles.

The judge said, “The work he was doing shortly before committing suicide was excessive from the aspect of both quality and quantity, and the suicide is attributed to work.”

Mazda neglected to look after the employee’s mental and physical health, he said.

In January 2009, the Hiroshima labor standards supervision office, in designating the case as eligible for workers’ compensation, recognized the suicide as having resulted from overwork at the Hiroshima Prefecture-based carmaker.

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