Tokyo man suspected in killing of ex-girlfriend commits suicide -- Aug 29
Investigative sources with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police revealed on Monday that a man undergoing questioning over the disappearance of his 26-year-old former girlfriend, who was later found dead, has committed suicide, reports the Sankei Shimbun

On August 24, police began questioning the man, 44, over the disappearance of Nao Kato, a company employee who went missing earlier in August. However, he was found to have killed himself at the home of his parents in Hiroshima Prefecture the following day, according to the sources.

Based on eyewitness testimony and the tracked movements of the vehicle of the man, police found the body of Kato in the mountains of Yugashima in Izu City on Sunday. The man is expected to be prosecuted on suspicion of murder and abandoning a corpse.

Missing on August 20

Kato lived with the man at an apartment in Tokyo’s Ota Ward. At 7:30 p.m. on August 19, she was seen at the residence with the man in surveillance camera footage. The following day, she responded to an email message sent from a 32-year-old male acquaintance at 7:35 a.m. However, she did not respond to a subsequent message sent at 9:40 a.m.

Two days later, Kato’s mother filed a missing persons report with the Denenchofu Police Station. An investigation was subsequently launched into the man.

According to Jiji Press (Aug. 29), police subsequently learned that he rented a vehicle on the morning of August 20. The following day, he purchased work clothes and a blue tarp at a home center in Izu. On August 22, a futon with soil was found inside the vehicle.

Threatened suicide

On August 10, Kato visited the same police station to report that the man said, “He said he wouldn’t agree to breaking off [our relationship] by committing suicide.” Police then issued a verbal warning to the man.

However, Kato later returned to the station to report that she would again be associating with the man. “You need not bother with this matter,” she said.

A representative of the police did not find fault with the investigation. “Since the questioning was to confirm the location of the victim, there was no problem with the investigation,” the representative said.

静岡県の山中で26歳の女性が遺体で見つかった事件で、女性の行方が分からなくなって以降、女性の携帯電話から交際している男性に不自然なメールが届いていたことが分かりました。 東京・大田区の会社員・加藤菜緒さんは27日、静岡県の山の中で遺体で見つかりました。
News sources:, ANNnewsCH
Dec 17
A ski resort opened in western Japan's Hyogo Prefecture on Saturday, with its operator and the local government saying it is the country's first new facility to be opened to skiers and snowboarders in 14 years. (Japan Today)
Dec 17
A 27-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl in Fukui Prefecture and taking her to his home in Aichi Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)
Dec 17
The operator of Japan’s only “baby hatch” said Saturday that the nation should allow women to give birth anonymously at hospitals in cases of unwanted pregnancy, while ensuring the children’s right to learn their mother’s identity after they grow up. (Japan Times)
Dec 16
A funeral home set to open soon in Japan plans to provide the country's first-ever drive-through service. (NHK)
Dec 16
Japan's Coast Guard has released video footage of North Korean boats illegally fishing in Japan's exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
Dec 16
The Japanese government is planning to revise steps that local governments should take to protect residents in case of armed attack. The move is in response to North Korea's continued development of ballistic missiles. (NHK)
Dec 16
At the opening of his trial on Friday, an 18-year-old boy admitted to stabbing a woman to death before dumping her body in Ryugasaki City last year, reports Jiji Press (
Dec 16
Police said Friday that two glass windows and a glass door on train cars on the JR Musashino Line were shattered by stones thrown through them on Wednesday and Thursday nights. (Japan Today)
Dec 16
The latest Tankan survey by the Bank of Japan shows the country's labor shortage is the worst that it has been in over a quarter of a century. (NHK)
Dec 16
The Japanese government has decided to add more entities to its sanctions list for North Korea, which is continuing its nuclear and missile development. (NHK)