Tokyo Reporter -- Sep 08 Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Sunday applied fresh charges to a married couple, both of whom are in already custody for two counts of murder, for the killing of the oldest son of a relative, reports TBS News (Sept. 8). Officers re-arrested Shinya Nakao, the 48-year-old manager of a used goods shop in Chikugo City, and his 46-year-old wife, Chisa, for the murder of the 4-year-old son of her sister, 36-year-old Sakae Hiyamizu. In October of 2006, the suspects allegedly assaulted the boy numerous times until he died and dumped his body in a river near the shop. Police in August charged the couple in the murder of the boy's father, Kazuya Hiyamizu, then 34, who was allegedly beaten to death between September and October of that same year. The victim's wife was charged with manslaughter. The latest arrest is the latest development in case involving a string of disappearances. Around October of last year, reports surfaced about a number of people related to the couple who had gone missing over the past decade. On June 16, police first arrested Nakao and his wife for the killing of Takashi Hidaka, a former employee, then 22, who was beaten at their apartment in early May of 2004. He died the following month. Later in June, Shinya Nakao admitted to grinding the bones of multiple corpses with a machine and tossing the remains into a river near the home of his parents. - See more at: http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/109398.php#sthash.3O75aKq0.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/6-year-old-japanese-girl-dismembered-body-parts-found-plastic-bags-2014092 Published on Sep 24, 2014 11:25 AM The picture shows the site (covered with blue sheets) where the dismembered body of a six-year-old Japanese girl was found, and the house of a 47-year-old suspect under police questioning in Kobe, western Japan, on Sept 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP A policeman inspects the site where the dismembered body of a six-year-old Japanese girl was found in Kobe, western Japan, on Sept 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A policeman inspects the site where the dismembered body of a six-year-old Japanese girl was found, and the house of a 47-year-old suspect under police questioning in Kobe, western Japan, on Sept 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
TOKYO (AFP) - The dismembered body of a six-year-old Japanese girl has been found in several plastic bags near her home, police said on Wednesday.
DNA tests confirmed the body parts were those of Mirei Ikuta, who went missing in the western Japan city of Kobe on Sept 11, local police said.
Media reports said officers were questioning a 47-year-old man who lives in the neighbourhood.
Japan has one of the world's lowest crime rates and violent crime is relatively rare. It is not uncommon for children as young as six to walk home alone from school, even in big cities.
An intensive search was launched after Mirei failed to return home two weeks ago, but there were no leads until a number of foul-smelling plastic bags were uncovered in a bush just 100 metres from the girl's house on Tuesday.
They contained the head, the upper torso with arms, and the legs, a police spokesman told AFP by telephone, adding that some body parts had yet to be found.
Clothes and sandals believed to belong to the girl were also found at the site, he added.
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KOBE--Police have arrested a 47-year-old man in the death of a 6-year-old girl who went missing about two weeks ago, which triggered a massive police search.
The girl's dismembered body was found in plastic bags in bushes near the man's apartment in Kobe's Nagata Ward on Sept. 23. Yasuhiro Kimino, unemployed, was arrested the following day on suspicion of abandoning her body.
Hyogo prefectural police questioned Kimino after a health card bearing his name and cigarette butts were discovered in the bags containing the girl's body parts.
Police have confirmed through DNA analysis that the body is that of Mirei Ikuta, a first-year student at Nakura Elementary School in the city. Mirei had remained missing since Sept. 11 despite the intensive police search.
Police have established the cigarette butts were Kimino's after DNA tests of specimens left on them.
Investigators said one bag contained the girl's head and torso, and another bag contained her feet. Parts of the body were missing.
There were signs that the girl's body was severed with a blade, they added.
Police believe at least several days have passed since her death, as the body was badly decomposed.
A pink-and-blue dress, undergarments and navy sandals the girl was wearing before she went missing were also found in plastic bags.
The site, where a total of six plastic bags were discovered, is about 100 meters east of the girl's home and had not been searched by police before Sept. 23.
Investigators searching the area noticed a foul smell and found the bags about 4:10 p.m. that day. An officer tore one of the bags open slightly and discovered a child's hand.
Mirei left her school around 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 11 with a classmate whom she planned to play with later that day.
The girl reportedly set out after dropping off her school bag at her grandmother's home.
Security footage from a camera at a nearby convenience store showed her walking with a parasol at around 3:15 p.m.
She then went to condominium where her friend lives. Her parasol was found in a garden near the condominium building.
Mirei was last seen walking in a southerly direction near a park about 600 meters southeast of her grandmother's home at around 5:30 p.m.
According to Kimino's neighbors, he moved into an apartment near the site a few years ago and apparently lived alone.
The grisly case in Kobe is the latest in series of incidents in which young girls went missing in the hours after leaving school.
In January, a fifth-year elementary school student in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, was abducted while walking a dog after 4 p.m. The girl was taken into police custody four days later and a man was arrested in the case.
In Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, another fifth-year elementary school student disappeared on her way home from school in July. She was found five days later. The man who abducted her told police he threatened the girl with a knife to force her into his vehicle, before confining her in his home.
A growing number of schools have taken steps to encourage students to walk home in groups after a first-year elementary school girl was murdered in Nara in November 2004, and another was killed in what is now Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, in December 2005.
Both girls were abducted while walking home from school alone.
The National Police Agency said there were 94 abduction cases involving children aged 12 or under in 2013.
The figure accounts for 51.1 percent of all abduction cases that year, including those with adults as victims.
In recent years, the number of annual child-abduction cases has hovered around 90 after declining to 63 in 2008 from 141 in 2004. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201409240067 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN