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Man ordered to pay ¥70 mil over 2017 murder of Vietnamese girl

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What a monster! Money? 70 million yen? He should pay with his life.

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What a monster! Money? 70 million yen? He should pay with his life.

He is in prison for life:

A Japanese court has ordered a man currently appealing his life sentence for the 2017 murder of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl to pay a total of 70 million yen in damages to her parents.

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True, but couldn’t such a sizable payment be misconstrued as justification for early release? We’ve seen it before, we’ll see it again.

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I just worry that if he does pay that his appeal against his life sentence would be allowed, knowing the system.

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The animal should be executed. He committed the most heinous crime known to society Why should Japanese have to pay enormous money to keep him in prison for 3 or 4 decades? Hang him.

Rest in Peace to the poor little girl.

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The defense team had asked that the sentence be quashed and Shibuya acquitted

Damn lawyers.

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no money can substitute someones life!

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At the very least he should be castrated as should all sex offenders!

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@descendent

That is literally their job. Everyone deserves a defense team, and if I were ever charged with a crime I sure hope mine wouldn't go "Meh, he probably did it, charge him with whatever". Being a defense attorney in Japan, in particular, has to be one of the most thankless tasks.

Overall this seems like something of a non-story, as the real punishment is the life in prison. Still, it helps to give something back to the family, which the previous punishment didn't do at all.

Definitely don't need to add to the bodycount by executing him.

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Even that money can't bring her back.

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He should pay with the long drop instead, monster.

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has he got ¥70 mil? if so, good. if not, what's the point? he certainly won't be able to earn it in clink.... as usual, info thin on the ground here....

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If he defaults because he can’t, or won’t pay, I suspect the matter will be left hanging in limbo with no means of collection by the authorities. Seen it before, but hope I’m wrong this time.

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In Japan, if you pay enough you can get any sentence reduced for any crime if the aggrieved party accepts the money.

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The animal should be executed. He committed the most heinous crime known to society Why should Japanese have to pay enormous money to keep him in prison for 3 or 4 decades? Hang him.

He maintains he is innocent... How many times have we seen innocent people proven guilty to later be exonerated. If you execute him and it is later found oh oops he was innocent it would be too late to do anything about it cause you had killed him. Death penalty is a no from me.

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Well he can't use the money in prison.

Don't forget this monster's family are victims, too. I hope they are left with some of the money.

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"The defense team had asked that the sentence be quashed and Shibuya acquitted..."

Of course they did. Cowards. And what was their reasoning for the desire for acquittal?

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therougou: "Don't forget this monster's family are victims, too."

Yeah.... right. How are they victims here? They raised a child molester and murderer. While the family themselves shouldn't necessarily have to pay their own money for what this man did, they should certainly not RECEIVE any money at all.

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Poor, poor girl. I cannot imagine how terrified she must have been. May God care for and confort her now.

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Sounds like he worked for a school backed by a religious organization.

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Article is with so many missing information.

On what grounds is he saying he is not guilty ? What is the result of DNA check?

How was he identified actually ?

We are talking about a person's life here.

Conclusion of investigations shall be clear and with no doubt.

Why pay money ? If paying indeed means indeed it is a sentence instead of another one.

Personally, a crime shall never involve money, otherwise you end with false accusations more, and criminals can buy their freedom.

May the little girl rest in peace.

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The killer probably does not have assets of ¥70 million.

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its important to note that the court process which led to this decision to award the family 70m Yen is completely separate from and has no influence on the court process that led to his conviction and life sentence. The criminal sentence was already finalized before this decision came out, so it will not have any bearing on it.

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According to reports, the victim's blood and DNA were found in Shibuya's car, and his DNA was found on her. It seems a pretty tight case. I say let him rot in prison, put him in the general population with the other criminals. Not sure about Japan, but in the US/Canada a person who commits a crime against a child is not generally well-liked by his fellow inmates.

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Psycho. The guy probably has no money at this point so I don't know how he could possibly pay the 70M. It's probably more of a symbolic jester. The poor family will get nothing unless the Japanese government pays them directly.

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In Japan, if you pay enough you can get any sentence reduced for any crime if the aggrieved party accepts the money.

This happens everywhere.

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He pleaded not guilty. Is there any doubt he is responsible?

I remember this case well. He was convicted on DNA evidence. At least this cowardly creep should own up to his misdeeds.

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Bob Fosse, no it doesn’t.

Serious question, in a case like this would a Japanese court assess or otherwise know the defendants assets or net wealth before making the award?

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If I recall correctly, they had enough proof to show he had carried her body in his car to the river bank and dumped it there, but no proof or confession that he had actually killed her.

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This will upset some but I’m posting it again here ANYWAY. This convicted “Pedo-Predatorwas the President of the Child’s School’s PTA prior to her murder. Hell, he even aided in the neighborhood search for her when she didn’t return home.

Because of his prior position, she perhaps thought she could trust him when he lured her to the blind spot between neighborhood surveillance cameras. He preplanned and premeditated her murder.

So, yeah, maybe HE didn’t have a prior conviction to be on any registry but it would least tighten the net to catch the sexual predators with access to kids here in Japan.

Anyone still against getting Japan to create a 24hour, public accessible, National Sex Offender Database up and running?

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This upsets them, too but these types of crimes are prevalent here. - Parents need to keep a more watchful eye on their children, particularly in JAPAN. -

These predators are everywhere: schools, juku, club activities, sports & training facilities, playgrounds, game centers, hobby shops, toy stores, recreational areas, public restrooms, etc

Know where your child is. (You’re not a ‘helicopter parent’ if you see your elementary age child off to school each day.)

Walk in pairs or groups and NEVER to be alone with non-family adult.

ANY time, ANY place these predators in Japan see an opportunity, they will expose themselves, photograph or try to physically get to your child.

-Sep 26,2021: Man arrested for molesting boy in game center toilet -“Police said he approached the boy and asked him if he’d like to be the model for a statue and he’d like to take some photos of him. He then took the boy to a multi-purpose toilet where he allegedly molested him for about three minutes and filmed the incident with his smartphone.” - 

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couldn’t such a sizable payment be misconstrued as justification for early release? We’ve seen it before

I haven't. This was a civil suit that resulted in a financial judgement, it wasn't an agreement to drop to charges for money. It's my first time seeing the former; this situation.

When have you seen a civil suit change an already delivered sentence for an offender?

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I just worry that if he does pay that his appeal against his life sentence would be allowed, knowing the system.

I don't think you know the system as well as you think - I don't believe this is possible.

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In Japan, if you pay enough you can get any sentence reduced for any crime if the aggrieved party accepts the money.

That's not what happened here.

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Know where your child is. (You’re not a ‘helicopter parent’ if you see your elementary age child off to school each day.)

Of course not, there's a balance. But when I was a kid, when it was so much more dangerous than it is now for kids, my friends and I would play for hours and "be home by dinner". Our parents didn't have an obsessive need to know where we were doing and what we were doing every day. Of course, I think my generation realized that our parents were too lax, and instead went overboard being helicopter parents and participation award givers. There's a happy medium somewhere between these two extremes.

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Had this monster committed such a crime in the US he would have been sentenced to life in prison but once inside the prisoner would sentence him an automatic death sentence which means at anytime he was in general population a prisoner must kill him on sight!!!

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Had this monster committed such a crime in the US he would have been sentenced to life in prison but once inside the prisoner would sentence him an automatic death sentence which means at anytime he was in general population a prisoner must kill him on sight!!!

Sounds like a good movie? What's it called?

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@smithinjapan

Yeah.... right. How are they victims here? They raised a child molester and murderer. While the family themselves shouldn't necessarily have to pay their own money for what this man did, they should certainly not RECEIVE any money at all.

I'm talking about his wife and kids.. They certainly didn't raise him and have to live with the shame the rest of their lives.

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I am not a fan of the death penalty but in this case it is the proper punishment.

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A reminder to all readers…His DNA was found on her person, and there are videos of his car in the area where she was found. He will maintain his innocence until the day he dies because he doesn’t want to admit to his family or himself that he is such a monster

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Right away from the start of this article I feel like I don’t agree with where this plot is going. From my understanding, a man who murdered a little girl is trying to get out of a life sentence by paying away the consequences. The girl's father explains that “while no amount of money will bring Linh back, we have to make sure Shibuya takes responsibility according to the law” and I do agree with this. I think the family should be compensated and the man should also pay his dues with the sentencing that he got. It’s literally sick what this man did to this innocent, vulnerable little girl. He intentionally went out of his way to take this little girl and disgustingly performed inappropriate acts with her, and after that killing and leaving her body without any mercy. He deserves to rot in prison. Some people will even debate that he should be executed. I tend to have different opinions about the death penalty, but I do understand that it can be a “waste” of money to keep him in the system as well. But people have to remember that executing someone is also extremely expensive. Either way, no amount of money will be able to substitute someone else's life.

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