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Tokyo cops launch murder case after man found strangled to death in flophouse

Komagome Kenko Center
The body of Kiyomi Kimura was found in a room at the Komagome Kenko Center on October 26 (TV Asahi)

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation after a corpse was found at a short-term stay lodge in Toshima Ward last week, reports NHK (Oct. 27)

According to police, the results of an autopsy conducted on the body of Kiyomi Kimura, a 71-year-old resident of Adachi Ward, revealed that he very likely died due to strangulation. He also had suffered skull fractures.

The body of Kimura was found lying face-up in a third-floor room at Komagome Kenko Center by a cleaning employee on the morning of October 25. He checked into the facility the day before.

A wallet containing cash that Kimura had placed in a locker at the facility was found untouched, police said.

A person living in the same building as Kimura tells the broadcaster that Kimura quit his job as a taxi driver about one year ago.