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Chinese intern found dead in Toyama, co-worker suspected of murder

This photo shows a house used as a dormitory in Imizu, Toyama Prefecure, on Feb. 7, 2019, where a Chinese man was found murdered. (Kyodo)

TOYAMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A Chinese man enrolled in Japan's technical intern program was found dead at a company dormitory in Toyama Prefecture, central Japan, on Thursday and police are questioning another Chinese man on suspicion of murdering him.

Construction worker Zhong Xuecheng, 37, was found dead at the dormitory, bleeding from multiple stab wounds, after police rushed to the site following an emergency call around 6:15 a.m. that a fight had broken out.

A Chinese man who lived in the same dormitory, thought to be in his 30s, fled the scene and was found about one and a half hours later at his work place, some 2 kilometers away, where he was detained by police.

The police also found a knife at the dormitory that is believed to have been used to stab Zhong.

Many foreign nationals are working in Japan under the country's technical intern program, which has the aim of transferring skills to developing countries. But the scheme has been criticized for providing cover to companies that want to import cheap labor.

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