ISHIKAWA (TR) – Ishikawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 54-year-old man for allegedly keeping the corpse of his father at their residence in Kanazawa City, reports NHK (Dec. 20).
At around 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Akihiro Hiraishi, a company employee, telephoned police. “I’ve left my father’s corpse [at our residence],” he reportedly said.
Officers arriving at the residence in the Awagasakimachi area found skeletal remains — later confirmed as being that of his father Kazuhiro — lying face-up atop a futon on the first floor.
“I left my father’s body after he died due to costs for a funeral and the fact that I wouldn’t be able to collect his pension if I notified the government office,” the suspect told the Kanazawa-Nishi Police Station in admitting to charges of abandoning a corpse.
In November 2014, Kazuhiro died in a hospital in the prefecture. The suspect then took the body from the hospital and kept it at home until Friday, police said.