The Tokyo Metropolitan Police have today arrested Chonyon Park under suspicion of his wife’s murder. Currently the assistant editor-in-chief for Kodansha’s Morning magazine, he used to be Hajime Isayama’s editor on the Attack on Titan manga. The Criminal Investigation Division allege that he strangled Kanako Park to death in the early morning on August 9th, in their home in Sendagi, Bunkyo, Tokyo.
At around 2:45am on the day of his wife’s death, Park called emergency services. He told them he had returned home to find her collapsed at the foot of the stairs near the first floor entrance to their home. She was then rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival. Park made a statement on the announcement of her death, claiming that she had committed suicide. But upon completing an autopsy, it was allegedly found that Kanako Park had marks on her neck that suggested strangulation.
A further police report stated that the video from a nearby security camera contained no evidence that another person had entered the area, besides Park and his family. All of them, including his four children, were at home at the time of the incident. Kodansha issued their own statement following the arrest, saying that Park “maintains his innocence”. The publisher clarified they are awaiting the results of the investigation, and are handling the incident with the necessary level of caution.