According to police, the victim, who operated a number of hostess and fuzoku (sex) clubs in Hirakta City and Kyoto, was last seen by his mother in December of 2003.
The fraud suspect, who is also an employee in the fuzoku industry, told investigators after his indictment that he assisted in the murder and burial of the man and others in the Ikoma Mountains, which border Nara and Osaka prefectures.
Investigators believe that a 44-year-old affiliate of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group, a manager of fuzoku clubs, also participated in the killings.
Police have now launched a murder investigation and will begin a search of the mountains.
In the spring of this year, investigators received a tip regarding the killing of the missing manager. “The manager had money problems with the fuzoku manager,” the source said. “He was killed with a drug dropped into his drink at a club he managed. His body was carried by car to the forest where it was buried.”
Using that information, prefectural police determined the source of financial trouble was with the 44-year-old manager. On September 27, he and the other suspect were arrested for fraud related to a rental property in Kyoto.