Japan police issued a wanted notice yesterday for a Taiwanese man in connection with the murder of two Taiwanese female students in Tokyo last week.
The police are looking for Chang Chih-yang, 30, a student who has been reported as missing from a language school in Tokyo since Jan. 5 when the two women were found dead at the school.
The Taiwanese students Julia Chu, 25, and Lin Chih-ying, 23, were found covered in blood in their dorm building at the Intercultural Institute of Japan in the Taito district of Tokyo.
One woman was found dead at the scene, while the other died shortly afterwards from neck injuries, according to the police.
At a news conference Sunday, the Metropolitan Police Department released a wanted notice that carried a photo of Chang and listed his height and other personal data.
Japan’s Fuji Television reported earlier in the day that police suspected the Taiwanese may be in the Tokai region in Japan, which covers Aichi, Gifu, Mie and Shizuoka prefectures, and is focusing on locating his whereabouts, Fuji TV said.
Japanese police have also asked Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau to supply Chang’s criminal record. Chang was sentenced to three months in prison in 2000 for an Internet sex crime, according to Taiwan police.
Meanwhile, Chang’s father said that he believes his son is innocent and hopes he will report to the police as soon as possible.
“My boy should begin school on Jan. 12. If he returns on the 11th, it’s likely that he’s not involved in the crime, but if he doesn’t show up by then, there’s nothing else I can say,” the Taipei resident said in an interview on Taiwan television.
He described his son as someone who is “afraid to see even a rat bleed or killed.”
“I cannot imagine a person like him doing such a thing (as committing a murder),” the father said.
“If he really killed the two women ... I have no clue under what circumstance it could have happened or why,” Chang’s father said. “It is not at all logical.”
He pleaded for his son to come forward if he did indeed commit the crime.