Bod­ies ID’d as sis­ters missing in Ja­pan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CAI HONG in Tokyo and ZHAO XINYING in Bei­jing

Ja­panese po­lice have con­firmed that two bod­ies dumped in the moun­tain woods in Hadano, Kana­gawa pre­fec­ture, are the Chi­nese sis­ters who dis­ap­peared in Yoko­hama on July 6, the Chi­nese em­bassy in Tokyo has said.

Au­top­sies showed that Chen Baolan, 25, and Chen Baoling, 22, were stran­gled, Ja­pan’s Ky­odo News agency quoted po­lice as say­ing. There were also bruises on their bod­ies.

The women prob­a­bly died in early July. Their room, with their purses and money, showed no signs of fight­ing. The door was locked, po­lice said.

The two sis­ters had been in con­tact with friends on the mem­bers-only web­site SNS un­til July 6, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Chen Baolan worked at a restau­rant, and Chen Baoling stud­ied at a vo­ca­tional school.

A sur­veil­lance cam­era for the apart­ment where the sis­ters lived in Yoko­hama showed a 30-some­thing Ja­panese man en­ter­ing the build­ing on July 6 and leav­ing on July 7 with two suit­cases, ac­cord­ing to Tokyo News. The man was a fre­quent diner at the restau­rant where Chen Baolan worked.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that the man’s ve­hi­cle had passed through Hadano, which is 50 kilo­me­ters from Yoko­hama.

The sis­ters’ fa­ther, iden­ti­fied only by his sur­name Chen, told Fuzhou Evening News on Satur­day that the women are his sec­ond and third daugh­ters and had been in Ja­pan for years since they grad­u­ated from high school in Fu­jian, China.

Chen said they were lovely girls who worked hard and treated their fam­ily well. They of­ten con­tacted rel­a­tives through WeChat and mailed them gifts from Ja­pan.

Chen said the last time his daugh­ters con­tacted him was the day be­fore they dis­ap­peared. The women had re­turned from a trip to Yoko­hama with friends and had a WeChat video call with their fa­ther. He told them he had mailed them some food.

“Now there’s no­body there to sign for the par­cel. My girls will never have the op­por­tu­nity to taste home­town food sent by par­ents,” Chen said. He added that he got his pass­port on Satur­day and wished to go to Ja­pan as soon as pos­si­ble.

In an in­ter­view with China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, Liao Xiaoy­ing, of the Chi­nese em­bassy’s con­sular sec­tion, said they are co­op­er­at­ing with Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties to help the sis­ters’ fam­ily mem­bers come to Ja­pan.

“We’ve reached the Ja­panese con­sulate in Guangzhou, ask­ing for hu­man­i­tar­ian visas for the vic­tims’ fam­ily mem­bers,” she said. “And we will as­sist the fam­ily in deal­ing with their loss.”

On Satur­day, the em­bassy warned Chi­nese in Ja­pan to stay mind­ful of their safety.

Con­tact the writ­ers at zhaoxiny­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn.

XIONG QI / XIN­HUA

A pool is jammed with peo­ple try­ing to cool off in Wuhan, in Cen­tral China’s Hubei prov­ince, on Satur­day. Many parts of Cen­tral and East China have been gripped by a heat wave, the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ported on Fri­day.

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