Family of Five Found Dead in Japan

A family of five — including three young children — found dead in a van in central Japan are believed to have been a suicide, a police official said Friday.

The five — a man and a woman in their 30s and three boys aged five, seven and 10 — were found late Thursday in the vehicle at a parking lot in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka prefecture, said the official at the Fujinomiya Police Department.

The five are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning after burning charcoal pieces inside the vehicle — a not uncommon method of taking one’s own life in Japan.

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