Family issues are often invisible because they are closely related. Parents grow old, and children and grandchildren carry some kind of darkness as they grow up. Love and hate swirl in human relationships, making it difficult to see the core of the relationship. In this series, detective Kayoko Yamamura discusses how “investigations into family members have dramatically increased in recent years” and introduces the “truth about families” that she has seen through detective investigations.
The client for this investigation was Mr. Yode (pseudonym, 60 years old). His 25-year-old son has been out of contact for 2 years and submitted a marriage registration without the consent of his parents. The couple came from Nagano Prefecture to Tokyo to investigate their current living conditions and the wife’s identity.
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Identification of the son working in a nursing home
We began our investigation at the nursing home in downtown Tokyo where the son had been working. Since it is a 24-hour facility, we couldn’t predict when he would commute. There are a front entrance and a staff entrance, but based on the atmosphere, we decided that the staff would likely use the front entrance so we divided into two groups and decided on locations.
Two detectives who are good at identifying faces from photos are monitoring the situation.
The investigation began overnight. We thought that the son, who had just married and had no money, would choose night shifts because it would be beneficial for himself. Night shifts are determined based on the facility’s work schedule.
Within 30 minutes, a detective disguised as a staff member called to inform us that the person we were investigating had been identified. It was quickly clear that it was the son, who was tall and slim. Based on videos and photos, it seemed she was interested in fashion, having paired black gaucho pants with a famous designer sneaker.
The night shift ends in the early morning eight hours later. Since there was a coin parking lot where we could guard the back door, we continued surveillance by renting a car.
30 minutes after finishing work, the son emerged. He took a train from the nearest station for about 30 minutes and then entered an old Showa-era apartment with an external staircase after walking for another 20 minutes. I couldn’t find a property like this even after searching online.
At noon the next day, the son came out of the apartment with a middle-aged woman of about 40 years old. The combination of a handsome 25-year-old son and a chubby middle-aged woman with light brown hair stood out.
The woman was wearing a vermilion coat and was carrying a deep yellow bag, giving off a sense of disarray. The son held the woman’s hand and tried to cuddle her by wrapping his arm around her shoulder.
They went into a rundown izakaya near the nearest station and had lunch. It seemed that only regular customers were allowed to enter the store. From a distance, I saw the woman switch from beer to shochu while the son drank oolong tea.
During the approximately one-hour stay, the woman ate a lot, the son paid the bill, and then immediately left for work.
The woman went into a nearby pachinko parlor and played pinball until closing time.
After several days of investigation, the situation was mostly the same. The son worked at a nursing home, while the woman had nothing to do, often going to a pachinko parlor or playing with people she met on a dating app. That was for sure.
[Drinking alcohol and playing with pinballs during the day, watching the wife’s misdeeds … continue to next page]