Nagoya couple arrested over death of employee
Police said Monday they have arrested the former managers of a manga cafe over the disappearance of one of their employees in Nagoya.
According to police, the husband and wife management team, Yasunori Sugimoto, 47, and Chikako Sugimoto, 45, ran a manga cafe in Nakagawa Ward where they employed 41-year-old Asako Kato before she went missing.
TBS quoted police as saying that Kato was reported missing in April of last year and the couple were questioned over her disappearance. Police said an eyewitness claimed to have seen Chikako Sugimoto hitting Kato before her disappearance. Police had been searching for a body based on the couple’s testimonies since November of last year and finally found her remains buried in a field in Minamichita, Aichi Prefecture on April 19.
The couple has been arrested on a charge of unauthorized disposal of a corpse, TBS reported. According to police, Yasunori Sugimoto has yet to confess to being involved in Kato’s disappearance, although his wife Chikako has confessed to dumping Kato’s body.