A private detective, Yamamura Yoshiko, discusses the increase in investigations involving family members. One case involves a 25-year-old man who has cut off communication with his parents and married without their consent. The detective locates the son at his workplace, and later observes him leaving an apartment with an older woman. They go to a seedy bar, where the woman drinks heavily and the son leaves for work. Subsequent investigations reveal that the son continues to work at the care facility while the woman engages in irresponsible behavior, leading to concerns about her suitability as a daughter-in-law.
Close relationships often cause family problems to become invisible. As parents age, children and grandchildren grow up and carry some kind of darkness. Because of the complex relationship of love and hate, the core remains invisible. Detective Yoshi has stated, “In recent years, investigations targeting relatives have increased significantly.” In this series, we will introduce the “truth of families” discovered through detective investigations.
The client this time is Mr. Yuzuru (alias, 60 years old). Currently, his 25-year-old son has been out of touch for the past two years and got married without his parents’ knowledge. The couple has come from Nagano Prefecture to Tokyo to investigate his current lifestyle and the behavior of his wife.
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Identification of the son working in a nursing care facility
First, the investigation began at the nursing care facility in downtown Tokyo where the son works. It is a 24-hour facility, and the exact time of his commute is unknown. There are a front entrance and a staff entrance, so the detectives decided to split up and identify him.
Two detectives skilled at identifying faces were on surveillance.
The investigation started in the evening. Since the son had recently gotten married and needed money, they believed he would choose a night shift with a subsidy. The arrival time for the night shift was determined from the job information at the facility.
Within 30 minutes, one of the detectives keeping watch at the staff entrance informed, “The investigation target has been identified.” It seems they quickly identified him because he is tall and slender. Looking at the photos and videos, it seems he likes modern fashion, wearing black gaucho pants and designer sneakers.
After the night shift ended, they continued their surveillance using a rental car in a location overlooking the back entrance with a coin parking lot.
Thirty minutes after the ending time, the son came out. He took a train for about 30 minutes from the nearest station, then walked about 20 minutes from the station and entered an apartment with a Showa-era retro exterior staircase. It was such an old property that it did not come up even in online searches.
The next day around midday, the son and a plump woman in her forties came out of the apartment. The combination of the handsome 25-year-old son and the plump middle-aged woman with brown hair draws attention.
The woman was wearing a vermilion coat with a darkened yellow bag, giving the impression of being somewhat disheveled. The son tried to hold the woman’s hand and put his arm around her shoulder, displaying a very affectionate behavior.
They went to a rundown izakaya near the nearest station and enjoyed day drinking. Since this place seemed only for regulars, we observed from a distance. The woman went from beer to shochu, while the son drank oolong tea.
During their one-hour stay, the woman ate a significant amount, and then the son paid the bill and went straight to work.
The woman went into a nearby pachinko parlor and played until closing time.
After several days of investigation, the son worked at the nursing care facility and the woman either went to the pachinko parlor, met people on a matching app, or did nothing, and the situation was almost the same all the time.
【Continued on next page—watching the wife’s terrible behavior, from day drinking to pachinko.】