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September 14, 2008

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Japanese Police Fooled By Lifesized Doll in Dead Body Hoax

September 2, 2008


Police were trying to determine Tuesday whether they were the victim of a hoax after the body they thought they found at a seaside resort was actually a life-sized doll.

Investigators found what seemed like a body wrapped in a sleeping bag in a forest in Izu City, a seaside resort in central Japan, after an anonymous caller reported seeing it, a Shizuoka prefecture spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.

Investigators never actually looked inside the sleeping bag and brought it back to the city police station for a post-mortem examination, the spokeswoman said. Apparently no one doubted a human body was inside until a medical examiner unwrapped it and found the doll, she said.

The Asahi newspaper said the doll was sophisticated and life-sized and wore a brown wig, a blouse and a skirt.

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Article by Mari Yamaguchi

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3 in 1 Day – Efficiency in Japan’s Capital Punishment

June 17, 2008

Tsutomu Miyazaki

A serial killer who mutilated the bodies of four young girls and reportedly drank the blood of one of his victims was among three convicted murderers executed in Japan on Tuesday for crimes an official called indescribably cruel.

Tsutomu Miyazaki, 45, whose rash of grisly killings in the late 1980s triggered calls for tighter restrictions on violent pornographic videos, was hanged at a detention center in Tokyo, Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama said.

Miyazaki burned the body of one 4-year-old and left her bones on her parents’ doorstep. He also wrote letters to the media and victims’ families taunting police. Japanese newspaper reports said he ate part of the hand of one of his victims and drank her blood.

The two others executed Tuesday were Shinji Mutsuda, 45, who had been on death row for the murder and robbery of two people, and Yoshio Yamasaki, 73, who was convicted of killing two people for the insurance money, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

“I ordered their executions because the cases were of indescribable cruelty,” Hatoyama said. “We are pursuing executions in order to achieve justice and firmly protect the rule of law.”
Japan, one of the few industrialized countries that has capital punishment, has picked up the pace of executions over the past year amid rising concerns about violent crime.
The three executions brought to 13 the number of death row inmates hanged in the past six months under Hatoyama, an outspoken supporter of the death penalty. Only one inmate was executed in 2005.
Amnesty International Japan protested Tuesday’s hangings and said the pace of executions in Japan is quickening. In a statement, the group also demanded Japan abolish capital punishment.

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said there is no need for a change.

“There is no other policy than to maintain the current policy,” Fukuda said Tuesday. “There are people who want to abolish it, but that is a minority view. The majority want it to be maintained. I feel there is no need to change it, but we must also keep an eye on world opinion.”

Hatoyama, who took office last August, denied his ministry was purposely picking up the pace of hangings. Three men were executed in December, three more in February and another four in April.
In 1997, Tokyo District Court found Miyazaki guilty of killing four girls aged 4 to 7 years old in 1988 and 1989, and sentenced him to death. The Tokyo High Court upheld the sentence in 2001, and the Supreme Court followed suit on Jan. 17 this year, exhausting Miyazaki’s appeals.
Miyazaki was also convicted of the abduction and sexual assault of a fifth girl.
The murders and Miyazaki’s arrest dominated Japanese headlines, along with the discovery that his home was filled with a collection of thousands of violent pornographic videos, animated films and comic books stacked floor-to-ceiling.
The case triggered concerns that many young people had become desensitized to human suffering through the repeated viewing of graphic images in videos and comics.
Mutsuda also was hanged at the Tokyo detention center for killing two men and robbing them of $278,000 in 1995 and 1996. Yamasaki was executed in Osaka for murders committed in 1985 and 1990.
Japan has 102 death row inmates after Tuesday’s hangings, the ministry said.
The government began to release the names of those executed and their crimes in December, easing its secret policy in an apparent move to gain understanding and support for capital punishment.
Despite international criticism of Japan’s death penalty, there is little opposition to the policy domestically.

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Man Drives Truck in Crowd and Stabs 17 People in 3 Minutes

June 8, 2008


According to authorities, a man on a murder mission drove a rented, two-ton truck into pedestrians in a crowded Tokyo neighborhood Sunday. He then stabbed 17 people in three minutes, killing at least seven.

The lunchtime assault, which coicidentally fell on the seventh anniversary of a mass stabbing in Japan in 2001, sent thousands of pedestrians into a panic in Tokyo’s crowded Akihabara district, where most go for electronics and video games and is wildly popular among the country’s youth.

Tomohiro Kato, 25, was arrested with blood on his face, only suggesting a desire to murder stranger as his sole motive. He later added that he waas tired of life and sick of everything.

Police confirmed seven deaths — six men and one woman — but they could not say whether the victims had died of injuries from the truck or were stabbed to death.

Reports said the attacker grunted and roared as he slashed and stabbed at Sunday shoppers crowding a street lined with huge stores packed with computers and other advanced electronics, and the latest in video and computer games.

Onlloking witnesses said he waas screaming the entire time as he stabbed people. There is a video that was captured by cell phone as he was arrested.

At least 17 ambulances rushed to the scene, and rescue workers tended to victims in the street.

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Japanese Boxer May Face Retrial After 40 Years in Prison

May 4, 2008


Japan’s longest serving death row inmate, Iwao Hakamada, has maintained his innocence for 40 years in the four murders he was convicted of. His confession was coerced, Hakamada says.
The judge who wrote the death-sentence now agrees with him.
“My feelings about Mr. Hakamada remain the same – I believe he is innocent,” said Judge Norimichi Kumamoto. He has revealed that he argued for acquittal but two other judges outvoted him in their secret deliberations before handing down their ruling in 1968. As the junior judge, he was tasked with writing the death sentence order.
The case has brought unprecedented focus on Japan’s secretive criminal justice system, causing a flurry or questions in legal circles and about the death penalty in a country where it’s culturally correct not to question.
Amnesty International, Japanese boxers and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the American boxer imprisoned nearly 20 years for three murders before the convictions were overturned have all come out in Hakamada’s support.
The Japanese judicial system is now be picked through with a fine-tooth comb. Possible results may even include an overhaul and revision of the system itself.

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Japanese Official Logged Onto Porn 780000 Times

May 2, 2008

A Japanese official, an employee of the Kinokawa government, was demoted for logging onto a porn site 780,000 times from his office computer, according to an official. Apparently, the number of clicks was so high because some clicks on that site constitutes multiple clicks. This was all discovered when his computer contracted a virus, and so an inspection of his computer’s internet history had to be made. The demotion resulted basically in a loss of 20,000 yen off his monthly salary, which is about $190 US.

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Ling Ling The Giant Panda Dead at Age 22

April 30, 2008

Ling Ling, Japan’s oldest giant panda, a Natioanl favorite and icon at Tokyo’s largest zoo, died Wednesday of heart failure, zookeepers said. Ling Ling’s health problems started in August 2007 due to his old age which was 22 years and seven months, the quivalent to approximately 70 human years. His health issues started when he lost his appetite and strength, ultimately resulting in heart and kidney problems. He was the fifth-oldest male panda in the world, according to experts. After his passing, Ling Ling’s portrait was displayed inside his cage, along with flowerings and his favorite treat of bamboo shoots.

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