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Vietnamese woman found dead in apartment in western city of Osaka

OSAKA -- A woman believed to be a Vietnamese national was found collapsed and bleeding inside an apartment in the Hirano Ward of this western Japanese city on Nov. 26, the Osaka Prefectural Police have reported.

She was found on the third floor of the residential building by a resident who came home at around 10:30 p.m. along with a man who was also lying on the floor bleeding. The woman had an injury to her neck, and according to the Hirano Police Station, was confirmed dead at the scene.

The man, also believed to be Vietnamese, also had cuts to his neck and was rushed to hospital, but police reported his condition was found to not be life-threatening, adding that they were trying to identify both individuals.

According to police, the woman appeared to be one of three Vietnamese female residents of the apartment complex where she was found. The woman was lying on a futon in one of the rooms while the man had fallen to the floor in another. A cooking knife with blood on it was found at the entrance to the apartment. Investigators plan to question the surviving man when he recovers from his injuries.

The apartment building is located in a residential area about 300 meters from Kami Station on the JR Kansai Line.

(Japanese original by Yuta Shibayama, Osaka City News Department, and Sayaka Kamohara, Izumisano Resident Bureau)

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