Three adult siblings have been arrested after police found they had kept their mother's body in their house for three years after her death.
The Daily Mail website in Britain reports that the trio, aged in their 50s and 60s, had initially refused entry to police who wanted to check on the elderly mother because they believed she was being abused.
Instead, they found she had been dead for years. Police arrested them after finding the skeleton of an elderly woman at their home in Usa in the country's south-west, according to Jiji Press.
The Daily Mail reports that the Japanese sisters and brother insist that they have done nothing wrong - and say the reason they wanted to stay with their parent was that she had become a god.
The 65-year-old man and two women aged 59 and 52 are accused of conspiring to abandon a body.
When officers visited the home in order to investigate the possibility that the elderly woman was being abused, the siblings tried to refuse them entry.
One of the sisters told police: 'There's no need to let you see her. Get off our property,' according to Asahi News.When they managed to enter the house, they found Mrs Ishigai's body lying face up on a futon - which the siblings said was 'for religious reasons'.
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