In the case, Takahiro Shiraishi, a 27-year-old resident of the apartment, has been arrested on suspicion of body abandonment. He has told police investigators that he killed all nine people.
Shiraishi is believed to have cut up their bodies in the apartment’s bathroom and put dismembered bodies in cooler and other boxes in the apartment.
The nine victims, aged between 15 and 26 from Tokyo and four other prefectures, include three high school students. One of them has already been identified as Aiko Tamura, 23, from Hachioji, Tokyo.
The remaining eight victims were identified as Akari Suda, 17, from the city of Fukushima, Kureha Ishihara, 15, from Oura, Gunma Prefecture, Natsumi Kubo, 17, from the city of Saitama, Hinako Sarashina, 19, from Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Hitomi Fujima, 26, from Kasukabe, Saitama, Mizuki Miura, 21, from Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shogo Nishinaka, 20, from Yokosuka, Kanagawa, and Kazumi Maruyama, 25, from Yokohama, Kanagawa.