By Barrier Free Japan with extracts translated from The Asahi Shimbun
CHIBA – A house fire that broke out in Sangawa, Asahi City, Chiba Prefecture on the morning of the 17th, killing two male residents, has led to an arson and murder investigation. On the night of the 18th, the Chiba prefectural police arrested a 65-year-old unemployed person who lives in this house on suspicion of arson and murder. The deceased, a man aged 32 and his father, aged 67 had severe physical disabilities, and it is possible that the attack was motivated by fatigue from long-term care and pessimism about the future.
The fire broke out at about 6:30 am on the 17th in a two-story wooden house in a residential area near the coast about 2.8 km south of JR Iioka Station. Oily marks were also confirmed from the room.
It is said that both of the deceased were bedridden due to severe physical disability, and Yoshio was almost bedridden due to illness.