After having gone missing since early December last year, the body of Switzerland-based Japanese banker Makoto Shimomi and another body believed to be his wife Mie were discovered in a lot at Kuki, Saitama Prefecture. According to the police, the bodies had been buried and there were indications that they had been strangled. An investigation was launched, which may very well turn out to be a crime of murder, as well as illegal disposal of corpses.
It was said that the couple, who were in the country on a holiday, disappeared after having left their condo in Ginza, Tokyo on December 7. Witness testimonies said that the couple was supposedly going to a party in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture after being invited by an acquaintance. The police found out that no such party ever took place and they suspect the invitation was bogus. A vehicle was also found near the lot where the bodies had been buried; it is believed to have been the car in which the couple was travelling in before they disappeared.
Armed with a warrant arrest, the police were able to take into custody a man identified as Takaaki Kuwahara on suspicion of abandoning the corpses. Investigators are still looking for other suspects. Incidentally, it was learned by the police that on December 20, a man wearing a mask tried—and failed—to purchase bullet train coupon tickets amounting to 3 million yen at JR Tokyo Station using Shimomi’s credit card. He immediately left when asked to identify himself. No word yet if this incident could be connected to the deaths of Shimomi and his wife.