Tokyo police rearrest Chinese man for allegedly killing wife and dumping her body in canal

Zhou Shichao, a part-time worker in Japan, was initially arrested for overstaying his visa

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 4:05pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 4:06pm

The Metropolitan Police Department said it served a further arrest warrant Tuesday on a Chinese part-time worker on suspicion of abandoning his wife’s body in a canal in Tokyo.

Zhou Shichao, 36, is suspected of killing his wife Yang Mei, 34, after having a quarrel with her and dumping her body in a suitcase in the canal around June 22, the police said.

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Zhou was initially arrested on suspicion of overstaying his visa in Japan in violation of the immigration law in early July when he turned himself in after his wife’s body was retrieved from the canal near Tokyo Bay in late June.

The police said they are investigating Zhou on suspicion of murder despite a postmortem failing to reveal the precise cause of death.

They said Zhou and Yang were married in China in 2007 before coming to Japan separately as technical intern trainees.

Yang arrived in Japan in September 2013 and worked at a factory of an auto parts maker in Kyoto Prefecture, but disappeared from the company’s dormitory in March 2014, while Zhou worked for a farm in Tottori Prefecture from which he also disappeared.

The company reported her disappearance to the local police and to authorities in her home town in China, according to online news site Tokyo Reporter.

They had started living together shortly before Yang’s body was found, according to the police.