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Tokyo cops: Husband of woman found in suitcase admits killing her

Zhou Shichao
Zhou Shichao

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have re-arrested a 36-year-old Chinese man for the dumping of the body of his wife in a canal in Shinagawa Ward last month, reports the Asahi Shimbun (July 26).

Police have charged Zhou Shichao with abandoning the body of his 34-year-old wife, Yang Mei, who is also a Chinese national, inside a suitcase retrieved from a canal in front of the Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort on the afternoon of June 27.

Zhou admits to the charges. “We got into a fight, and I killed her,” the suspect is quoted by police.

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.

On July 7, police first arrested Zhou 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 Zhou on murder charges.