"Japanese police has identified the two bodies as the missing Chinese citizens," Geng Shuang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, told a press conference on Wednesday.
"The Chinese Embassy in Japan has demanded Japan to solve the case with full efforts to catch and punish the murderer," Geng said, noting that the embassy would closely follow the process of the investigation and offer assistance to the victims' relatives.
Police in Kanagawa, Japan announced on Friday that the two bodies were found in bags in the woods on a mountain of Hadano city at around 11:40 pm on Thursday, Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported.
China's news website thepaper.cn cited a person familiar with the case as saying that one of the victims had an affair with a Japanese man.
"Tokyo Chinese Association," a WeChat platform, cited a friend of the missing women as saying that a suspicious man had entered and exited the women's apartment in the early morning of July 6 with a key, which was recorded by monitoring cameras, according to thepaper.cn.
This article was first published in the Global Times.