TOKYO — Japanese police stated on Wednesday they’ve arrested a pair whose 33-year-old daughter froze to demise in a tiny room the place they’d confined her for years as a result of they believed she had a type of psychological sickness that made her violent.
Western Japan’s Osaka Prefectural Police Division stated Airi Kakimoto’s physique was present in a state of utmost malnutrition after her mother and father reported the demise on Saturday. She was 145 cm (four.76 ft) tall and weighed simply 19 kg (42 lb).
Police stated Yasutaka Kakimoto, 55, and Yukari Kakimoto, 53, had confessed that they fed their daughter solely as soon as a day and stored her in a Three-square-metre room for some 15 years.
“Our daughter was mentally unwell and, from age 16 or 17, she grew to become violent, so we stored her contained in the room,” police quoted her mother and father as saying.
Individuals with psychological and bodily disabilities and their households can nonetheless endure stigma and disgrace in Japan regardless of some modifications in public attitudes.
Police stated the mother and father added the small room _ fitted with a digicam and a double door that might solely be unlocked from the skin _ to their home and outfitted it with a makeshift rest room and tube to a water tank outdoors.
About 10 surveillance cameras had been put in outdoors the single-story dwelling, which was surrounded by a 2-meter excessive fence, police stated.
The mother and father discovered their daughter useless on Dec. 18 however they reported the demise Saturday. “We needed to be along with our daughter,” police quoted them as saying.
Police stated the couple had been arrested on suspicion of illegally disposing of a physique, a step that usually precedes extra critical expenses.