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I got a message this evening through foreign women's support group that the suspect in the 2007 killing of a young British woman in Chiba Prefecture has been arrested in Osaka. BBC News picked up the story.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/en ... _warwickshire/8352230.stm

When the story first broke, the suspect slipped past the police when they were surrounding the building, and later told the girl's family that the suspect had likely killed himself.The family would not accept this, and came to Japan to push the police to continue the murder investigation. A lot of pressure from the British government on police kept the case open, and a reward for tips helped expose the case to the public.

Posted on: 2009/11/10 23:23
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A lot of us were very happy to hear about this. The young woman was only 22 years old when she was killed, and as Liz said her family had come to Japan several times to push the issue to the media and try to force the Japanese police to act more aggressively - in fact, the victim's mother had made yet another appeal on TV for the suspect to turn himself in just hours before he was caught.

Hospital records from several plastic surgeries that he had while on the run helped to track him down, and it turned out that he was working on a construction crew in Kansai, living in the company dormitory, when he was caught.

The man had written his address on a note to the victim before luring her to his apartment, and she had left that note on her table, so the police had the address of the guy pretty much as soon as she went missing, and went to his apartment to ask him some questions. He promptly escaped ("ran away from") 9 police offers, which prompted the first questions about whether the Japanese police were really handling this case in a serious and competent manner, and the long delay in tracking down and finally arresting the suspect have provoked further questions along those lines.

Hopefully now there will be a conviction with an _appropriate_ sentence, and the family can finally get some closure.

Shawn

Posted on: 2009/11/11 9:07
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The thing is, right now, he's not officially being charged with murder. They are officially charging him with--get this--abandoning the victim's body. The police found her remains in a sand-filled bathtub on his balcony. According to the Japan Times article, police are "investigating his possible involvement in the murder itself."

But there is some good news with the question of an appropriate sentence. I was watching the TV news this morning and a former prosecutor said that the fact that he fled police and made such a concerted effort to evade capture for so long will likely result in a harsher sentence. Let's hope the police and prosecutors can actually bring the proper charges first.

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In the news now, there is another horrible murder in Shimane Prefecture. The difference between the Hawker murder and the Shimane case is that in the Hawker murder, Ichihashi left a trail that led police to his apartment, and was clearly the only suspect. As yet police have not said that there is a suspect.

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Violence exists all over our world and each of us is responsible to stay aware of our surroundings. In the last analysis we are responsible for our own safety and that means having physical skills as well as the mental awareness to avoid dangerous situations. This was terrible thing to happen and our sympathies should go out to the families of these women, but what about them? If justice isn't served only more will be victimized.

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According to unconfirmed reports in the Japanese media, the police arrested a man believed to be Mr Ichihashi to the ferry port in Osaka about 1800 local time.

Posted on: 2010/8/10 16:35
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