Japanese police arrested a 27-year-old man on Tuesday after finding at least nine dismembered bodies in his apartment, local media reported.
The suspect, named as Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting up the bodies in a bathroom in his room in the city of Zama, 40 kilometres south-west of Tokyo, broadcaster NHK reported, citing police officials.
Police found the bodies of eight women and one man in cold-storage containers on Monday afternoon, as they were conducting a search on suspicion of the man’s involvement in the disappearance of a young woman, NHK said.
Police suspect they include the body of the missing 23-year-old, the report said.
The woman, from Hachioji, a city in the greater Tokyo area, and the man were found to have exchanged messages on Twitter after she expressed suicidal thoughts on the social media platform.
She said on September 20 she was “looking for someone who will commit suicide with me,” the Kyodo News agency reported.
Footage from security cameras showed the woman, who went missing about a week ago, and the man walking together near JR Hachioji Station and near his home on October 23, according to NHK.
Some residents living in the same apartment building told local media they had noticed foul smells coming from his room from around August.