A police official said a toolbox and saw found in Shiraishi's apartment may have been used to dismember the bodies.
"I killed (a person) and dismembered the body and put them into a cooler box with cat litter in order to hide the evidence", Shiraishi said, according to police, as reported by CNN.
The grisly case has stunned Japan, which enjoys an extremely low crime rate, and pictures of the nondescript house in a quiet residential area were splashed across the country's front pages.
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The woman posted a message on the social networking site in late September seeking someone to help her take her own life, to which the suspect allegedly answered with a "Let's die together" message. In July 2016, a 27-year-old former employee at a care home for the disabled killed 19 people and injured more than 20 in a knife attack.
A JAPANESE man was arrested on Tuesday after severed parts of nine bodies were found in his apartment.
Photographers surround a police van transporting murder suspect Takahiro Shiraishi. Detectives are working to identify the victims amid fears she may be one of them. The woman was last seen walking along with the man last week. The woman's brother reported her missing to police on October 24, three days after last speaking with her.
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The police have not yet said whether the woman's remains were among those at Shiraishi's apartment.
Police are now investigating to determine whether Shiraishi, who was arrested on suspicion of body disposal, killed the woman and the other eight victims. She agreed to contact Shiraishi and to invite him to meet her at a train station while the police observed. According to Kyodo, Shiraishi told the police that he had not discarded the bodies because he was afraid of being caught. "I thought it was the smell of sewage", he said. The Asahi Shimbun reported one other case of a killer who had found his victim on a suicide-related website.
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