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Man dumps his mother’s body in abandoned apartment because he had no money for a funeral

By Mason White 3:39 AM December 2, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A man was arrested on a charge of abandoning a corpse after allegedly dumping his mother’s body because he didn’t have money for a funeral, police in Japan said.

Tokyo police said that they have arrested 67-year-old Norio Sasakawa, after being accused of concealing the death of his mother, 87-year-old Akiko Shiratori.

According to the police investigation, Shiratori was bedridden and lived in a temporary facility along with her son. The couple was living on pension payments, which covered their living expenses.

When the woman died, Sasakawa dumped the body in an abandoned apartment because he didn’t want to pay for a funeral.

During questioning, Sasakawa admitted the allegations. He said that his mother died of natural causes.

The incident came to light after the woman’s 91-year-old sister contacted the police because Sasakawa refused to allow her access to Shiratori.

Her body was later found lying face up on a bed inside the abandoned apartment.