Japanese authorities have arrested a Chinese man for fatally shooting his wife at a cafe in Tokyo. Investigations are ongoing. Xinhua reports:
The 54-year-old suspect, identified as Cao Jianping, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting in the capital’s Ikebukuro neighbourhood on Sunday.
Security footage reportedly showed the pair embroiled in a quarrel shortly before the shooting.
A spokeswoman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday confirmed that a Chinese national in her fifties was fatally shot in her chest.
As of yet, Cao has reportedly refused to answer any questions regarding the incident. Japanese authorities have remained tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation. Says SCMP:
They also refused to reply to questions about a possible link with underground groups, although there is much speculation on internet chat groups that the suspect was in some way involved with illegal activities.
The suspect was not apparently employed and it is very unusual for a person to be carrying a gun, which are rare in Japan. The Ikebukuro district of Tokyo also has a reputation for gang activities and has a relatively high proportion of gambling and sex businesses.
The shooting happened about 300 metres northwest of Ikebukuro Station, a known red-light district.
In a message on Twitter, a Chinese poster commented that Chinese people are earning a bad reputation in Japan for the trouble they are causing. Another stated that Chinese living here do not have to worry about problems caused by Japanese people as other Chinese already cause them enough worries.
Japanese video report of the incident: