TOKYO, Jan 30 (AFP): A Japanese woman who said she hid her mother’s corpse in a freezer in her apartment for a decade told police she feared eviction if the death was discovered, media reported Saturday.

TOKYO, Jan 30 (AFP): A Japanese woman who said she hid her mother’s corpse in a freezer in her apartment for a decade told police she feared eviction if the death was discovered, media reported Saturday.Police told AFP that Yumi Yoshino, 48, was held “on suspicion of abandoning and hiding a female body” found Wednesday inside the freezer in a Tokyo apartment.
Yoshino said she hid the body 10 years ago because she “didn’t want to move out” of the home she shared with her mother, after finding her dead, local media reported, citing unnamed police sources.
The mother, thought to be aged around 60 at the time of her death, was named on the lease of the apartment in a municipal housing complex, Kyodo News said.
Yoshino had been forced to leave the apartment in mid-January after missing rent payments, the reports said, and a cleaner discovered the body in a freezer hidden in a closet.
An autopsy could not determine the time and cause of woman’s death, the reports said.
Meanwhile, Tokyo on Saturday confirmed 769 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest number on a Saturday since Dec 19, according to Japan Times.
Of the newly infected people in Tokyo, 145 were in their 20s, 130 in their 30s and 117 in their 50s. Those 65 or older accounted for 168 cases.
Under the Tokyo Metropolitan Governments standards, the number of severely ill patients in the capital fell six from the previous day to 141.
The daily total of 769 is the lowest on a Saturday since De. 19 when the capital recorded 736.
The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 99,208. Tokyos daily figure comes after 10,236 tests were conducted on Wednesday. It usually takes around three days for tests to produce results.
Across Japan on Friday, a total of 3,538 cases were confirmed, with the number of severely ill patients down 18 at 1,014.
The nationwide tally of new deaths among infected people, meanwhile, came to 96, including 18 in Kanagawa Prefecture, 17 in Tokyo and 10 each in Chiba and Osaka prefectures. The figures for Kanagawa and Chiba both marked record highs.