Termite exterminators working on a house renovation in the Japanese capital uncovered the bodies of several babies preserved in bottles. 

Some of the babies had umbilical cords still attached, Kyodo news agency said on Monday.

Three or four of such bottles were found beneath the floor of a house abandoned for the past three years.

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If it was in Africa, it could easily be linked to voodoo, but report says an obstetrician (physician or surgeon qualified to practise in obstetrics) had once lived in the building.

It was being renovated by a recent purchaser, Kyodo added.

The bodies appeared to have been preserved in a substance resembling formalin, Kyodo said, adding that police were investigating further.

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Reuters says the police declined to confirm the report.

Obstetrics is the field of study concentrated on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

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