Editor at major publisher arrested for allegedly murdering wife

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An editor at major publisher Kodansha Ltd. was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murdering his wife last August, police said.

Pak Jong Hyon, a 41-year-old South Korean national, allegedly strangled his 38-year-old wife to death at his home in Tokyo, according to investigative sources. Pak, the deputy editor of the "Morning" comic magazine, denies the allegation, according to the publisher.

"It is very regrettable," Kodansha said in a statement. "Since he maintains his innocence, we would like to watch the progress of the investigation and cautiously handle the matter."

Pak called an ambulance at around 2:45 a.m. Aug. 9, saying he found his wife was lying at the bottom of the staircase, the investigative sources said.

The Metropolitan Police Department launched a murder investigation after Pak told investigators his wife fell from the stairs but later changed his story, saying she committed suicide by hanging herself, they said.

Pak played a major role in launching and editing the Kodansha-published comic magazine "Bessatsu Shonen Magazine" which produced popular series such as "Attack on Titan," according to sources familiar with the matter.

The Morning magazine has such popular comic series as "Space Brothers" and "Cooking Papa."

==Kyodo

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