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Shanghai cops to help solve murder in Japan

POLICE in Osaka, Japan, have appealed to law enforcement authorities in Shanghai for help in tracing a woman wanted on suspicion of murder.

The case concerns the killing of Rika Okada, a 29-year-old nurse whose body was found inside a packing case at a storage unit in Tokyo. She had been missing since late March.

The corpse — which had more than a dozen stab wounds — had been shipped from Osaka inside a 2-meter-long box labeled with the Japanese word for “doll,” Osaka police told the Oriental Morning Post yesterday.

A worker at the delivery company said a woman claiming to be Okada in April called the firm and arranged for the box to be collected. The courier arrived to find the box, which weighed about 50 kilograms, wrapped in cardboard and with a note asking to “handle with care.”

Though the package was sent in Okada’s name, and her credit card was used to pay for the storage unit, police said they are keen to speak to a Japanese-Brazilian woman in relation to the case.

Osaka police declined to reveal more details, but reports claim that a woman who had been at primary school with Okada had flown from Tokyo to Shanghai earlier this month using the dead woman’s passport.

The schoolmate, who was not named, is believed to have lived with a 27-year-old Chinese woman just a few hundred meters from the storage facility.

The Chinese woman flew from Shanghai to Japan on April 27 and both women flew from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to Shanghai on May 3.

Japanese police said they think the Chinese woman might have helped the suspect to move the corpse, but the Brazilian-Japanese woman remains their key suspect.

Shortly before Okada went missing, she wrote on Facebook that she was going to meet up with an old friend whom she had not seen for a decade.


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