“The suspect, named Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting up the bodies in a bathroom in his room in the city of Zama, 40 km south-west of Tokyo.
“Police found the bodies of eight women and one man in cold-storage containers on Monday, as they were conducting a search on suspicion of the man’s involvement in the disappearance of a young woman.
“Police suspect they include the body of the missing 23-year-old,’’ it reported, citing police officials.
The woman, from Hachioji, a city in the greater Tokyo area, and the man were found to have exchanged messages on Twitter after she expressed suicidal thoughts on the social media platform.
“She said on Sept. 20 she was looking for someone who will commit suicide with me,’’ local media reported.
Footage from security cameras showed the woman, who went missing about a week ago, and the man walking together near JR Hachioji Station and near his home on Oct. 23.
Some residents living in the same apartment building told local media they had noticed foul smells coming from his room around August.