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  • 27 May 2014, 15:42

Woman Held Over Posted Corpse Case In Japan

A woman has been arrested in China after leaving Japan using the passport of a friend whose corpse was posted across the country in a parcel marked as "doll".

The 29-year-old turned herself into the Japanese consulate-general in Shanghai and was detained by police for a suspected immigration offence, say reports.

Murder detectives in Japan are expected to seek her extradition.

The arrest comes after the body of Rika Okada, 29, was found in a two-metre box in a storage locker in Hachioji city, west of Tokyo.

It had been sent from from Osaka, 230 miles (400km) to the southwest.

The parcel carrier said the package had been paid for in Ms Okada's name.

The bill for the locker's short-term rental was also settled using her credit card.

Ms Okada had been missing since late March.

Shortly before her disappearance, she had written on her Facebook page that she was going to meet an old friend whom she had not seen for a decade.

Investigators discovered more than a dozen stab wounds on her body but did not find defensive injuries on her arms.

It is reported the Japanese-Brazilian woman held in Shanghai had been at school with Ms Okada, and had flown out of Tokyo earlier this month using the dead woman's travel documents.

The schoolmate, who was not named, is believed to have lived just a few hundred yards from the lock-up with a Chinese woman of about the same age.

Both women flew from Tokyo's Haneda airport on the same flight to Shanghai, reports said.