Man fakes own death with brother's corpse
Tokyo - A Japanese man faked his own death by claiming his late brother's
body was his own, police and media said on Thursday.
Even while Tsukasa Oizumi's older sibling was alive, he used to use his
driving licence to get around the fact that his own had been revoked for
repeated traffic offences, the Mainichi daily said.
When the brother fell ill and died aged 56 in 2008 Oizumi decided to take
over his identity completely.
He told authorities that the corpse was his own, and even the doctor who
dealt with the brother's demise did not suspect anything, according to the
Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The body was cremated, as is normal in Japan.
Oizumi, now 58, went on to claim social security benefits in his brother's
name for caring for their elderly mother at home, it added.
But he turned himself in to a local welfare office last June because of
"a guilty conscience", the Asahi said.
Police - who took months to establish the truth of Oizumi's confession -
arrested him on Wednesday "for allegedly disguising himself as his dead
brother and registering incorrect data for official certificates", a