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Chinese intern in Toyama arrested for allegedly murdering colleague

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 36-year-old Chinese man enrolled in Japan's technical intern program was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing his Chinese fellow trainee at a company dormitory in Toyama Prefecture, central Japan.

Construction worker Shang Linwei admitted during police questioning on a voluntary basis that he stabbed his co-worker Zhong Xuecheng, 37, with the intent to kill him. But after his arrest, Shang began saying he had "done nothing," according to the police.

The victim was found dead at the dormitory on Thursday, bleeding from multiple stab wounds, after the police arrived at the site following an emergency call around 6:15 a.m. that a fight had broken out.

Shang fled the scene and was found about one and a half hours later at his workplace, some 2 kilometers away, where he was detained by the 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 aims at 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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