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Japanese retiree found dead near Manila, foul play suspected.

MANILA, Sept. 5 Kyodo

A 57-year old Japanese retiree was found dead Aug. 29 in his house some 20 kilometers north of Manila, police said Tuesday.

Chief police inspector Arthur Felix Asis told Kyodo News that details surrounding the death of Kunio Sekine are not yet clear, but an initial investigation has showed he appeared to have died from suffocation.

Asis said Sekine, who lived alone in the house on a housing estate in Marilao town, Bulacan Province, was last seen alive Aug. 26.

His Filipina wife, who lives in a nearby province but visits him regularly, found his body when she came to visit on the evening of Aug. 29, Asis said.

Sekine, from Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture, has been living in the Philippines since 1994 and joined the Philippine Retirement Authority's program for foreign retirees in 1995, Philippine officials said.

Under the PRA program, the Philippines offers retirement visas to foreigners for a fee. The Japanese market is a prime target of the program.
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Date:Sep 11, 2000
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