Tokyo cops: Chinese national admits putting woman’s body in suitcase

A 30-year-old male Chinese national is expected to be arrested on charges of abandoning a corpse

The body of a Chinese woman was found inside a suitcase floating in a canal in Shinagawa Ward
The body of a Chinese woman was found inside a suitcase floating in a canal in Shinagawa Ward

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police are questioning a 30-year-old male Chinese national on suspicion of abandoning the body of a woman inside a suitcase that was found floating in a canal last month, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (July 16).

The Chinese national, who is in custody on immigration violations, has admitted to placing the body of Yang Mei, 34, inside the suitcase.

On the afternoon of June 27, the suitcase was retrieved from a canal in front of the Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort, approximately 200 meters from Tennozu Isle Station on the Tokyo Monorail. Yang’s body was then found inside.

Yang entered Japan as a technical skill trainee in September of 2013. She worked in Kyoto at an automotive parts company. In March of 2014, she went missing and the company reported her disappearance to authorities in her home town in China.

Earlier this month, police arrested the Chinese national for overstaying his visa. Prior to that, he had turned himself over to police, saying that he had information regarding the discovery of Yang’s body.

Police expect to arrest the man on charges of abandoning a corpse.

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