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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Japanese Woman Throws Away Her Brother's Remains

CementaryA woman from Sapporo, Japan decided to dispose of her brother's, Masao Tadano, remains in a less than traditional manner. She decided to throw Tadano's remains away with her weekly garbage. This decision came shortly after she realized that he was dead. Apparently, she only came to discover that her brother was dead when she decided to move from the house that she and her sister shared with him this past November. 

The police reported she dismembered the body, put his dissected body parts into garbage bags, and left them on the curb. The police also conducted an autopsy the corpse. They discovered that Tadano was probably dead for 1.5 to 3 years before his sister discovered him, but they were unable to determine a cause of death and the police did not suspect foul play on the part of his sister. So how is this possible? Well, according to his sister, Tadano was a secluded man. In fact, he had not communicated with his sisters since 2010. The police sent the case to prosecutors to handle the matter.

See AFP-JIJI Kyodo, Sapporo Woman Binned Brother's Remains: Police, The Japan Times, Apr. 3, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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