- 14 Mar 2002
That's what I call a serious job situation...
A 32-year-old unemployed woman has starved to death at her apartment in western Tokyo, police said Thursday. Another woman believed to be her roommate was hospitalized in a weakened state, but her condition is not life-threatening, according to police. "I've eaten little food since mid-January," the roommate was quoted as telling investigators.
At around 6:30 p.m., an employee of a real estate agent found the woman dead on a futon mat in her apartment in the Showacho district of Akishima and her roommate lying on the floor. The employee visited the woman's room in an apartment complex the agent is commissioned to manage because she had failed to pay rent for several months. Investigators who examined her body have concluded that the woman starved to death around Tuesday. A refrigerator in the room was empty, police said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. suspended its supply of electricity at the end of last month and Tokyo Gas Co. discontinued its gas supply in mid-February after she failed to pay charges over several months.