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3 dead in suspected murder-suicide involving family of foreigners in Japan

The Nagano Prefectural Police headquarters are seen in the city of the same name in Nagano Prefecture on Feb. 27, 2019. (Mainichi/Taisuke Shimabukuro)

NAGANO -- A family of four foreign nationals were found collapsed on Nov. 25, three of whom were later confirmed dead, after a suspected murder-suicide in an apartment they were set to vacate in the central Japan town of Minowa, Nagano Prefecture.

They were discovered inside their apartment by an individual from the property's management company and a court official. The company official called police at around 10 a.m. Officers from Nagano Prefectural Police's Ina Police Station found a woman and a boy in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest, as well as a man and another boy, who were dispatched to a hospital. The woman and both boys were later confirmed dead.

Prefectural police are investigating the family's case as a potential murder-suicide. According to its First Investigation Division, they were behind on rent, and were expected to vacate the property on Nov. 25.

The family comprised a man in his 40s, a woman in her 30s, and two young boys aged 2 and less than a year old. All four were foreign nationals. Police are trying to quickly confirm their identities.

The man who was sent to hospital is reportedly conscious despite suffering from injuries. Police say that once his condition is stable, they intend to begin questioning him about the circumstances of the case.

(Japanese original by Taisuke Shimabukuro, Nagano Bureau)

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