Police on Tuesday arrested the daughter in a family of three on charges of fraud after she brought her parents to a hotel in Kamakura where they stayed for over a month without paying.
Police quoted Junko Omura, 53, as saying she “understands” what she did. From April 19 to May 24 last year, Omura and her parents stayed in a hotel for 36 nights, running up a bill of around 1.6 million yen, including food and drink consumed at the lodging.
The hotel inquired about payment during the group’s stay, but Omura told staff, “The person who is going to pay is in America, but can’t get on the plane to come to Japan because of H1N1.”
Omura’s parents, who are 80 and 79, didn’t know their daughter was renting the room without paying. The hotel staff told police that they had thought the family was charming, and the daughter was very respectful of her parents.