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Arashi booking casts doubt on husband's claim wife killed herself in fall from 9th floor

The government-managed apartment building that Asaka Takahari was found dead outside of is seen in Kunitachi, Tokyo, on Feb. 28, 2021. (Mainichi/Takuya Suzuki)

TOKYO -- Police analysis of a smartphone belonging to a woman who died after falling from the ninth floor of a Tokyo apartment building has shown that the day before the incident, for which her husband is currently under arrest on suspicion of murder, she had booked to watch a video by a member of the pop group Arashi.

    Jun Takahari, 44, is under arrest for allegedly killing his 41-year-old wife Asaka Takahari between the night of Nov. 29 and morning of Nov. 30, 2020, in their metropolitan government-managed apartment in the Tokyo suburban city of Kunitachi by strangling her and then throwing her from the balcony on the ninth floor. He reportedly denies the allegations, and has reportedly told police, "I haven't done anything."

    Immediately after the incident, Jun Takahari reportedly told police, "I think she jumped because she was worried about child care for our daughter (aged 1)." But the division believe Asaka Takahari had no intentions to kill herself, and that Jun Takahari gave officers false explanations to conceal the truth behind her death.

    On the morning of Nov. 30, 2020, Asaka Takahari was found dead on the ground in the apartment building's perimeter. According to individuals connected to the case, there were records of her having booked to watch a paid video of works on display at a Tokyo exhibition of Arashi member Satoshi Ohno's art. The event was set to be streamed on Dec. 11, days after the incident.

    Among the other material reportedly found on her phone were pictures from when she had special commemorative photos taken with her daughter at a photo studio, and evidence she had searched for a day care facility she could leave her child with.

    (Japanese original by Kazuki Mogami, Hironori Tsuchie and Takuya Suzuki, City News Department)

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