Investigators searching for missing old people found the remains of a Japanese woman in a backpack.
The woman’s son when asked by the police said that his mother died at home in Tokyo in June 2001. He did not report the death for he had no money to pay for the burial.
He told police that he laid her mother’s remains and washed it in the bath, broke up the bones and placed them in a backpack.
The police are now investigating the son on suspicion of fraud because the woman’s pension continued to be paid.
The search for people who are registered as being more than 100 years old was triggered by similar discovery weeks ago.
Japan has raised concerns that the welfare system is being exploited by relatives with the number of missing centenarians.