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Canada to extradite Chinese man to Japan in 1995 triple murder probe

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said Sunday that a Chinese man, who lives in Canada, will be extradited to Japan to be questioned about a triple murder in Tokyo's Hachioji in 1995.

The 43-year-old man is wanted in Japan for using a forged passport to leave the country in 2002. He obtained Canadian citizenship in 2006.

A police spokesman said that a Canadian appeals court had finalized the extradition request that was approved in September this year, upholding a lower court decision, Fuji TV reported. The police will send investigators to Canada this month to escort the suspect back to Japan.

Japan's National Police Agency first filed an extradition request with Canadian authorities in 2010 with the Ontario High Court. However, the suspect filed an appeal, claiming that he should not be extradited over a passport violation if the objective is to question him about a murder case.

The NPA has offered a 3 million yen reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murders of three women workers at a supermarket in Hachioji on July 30, 1995.

The three women, two of whom were 17-year-old students working part-time, were shot to death during a robbery at the supermarket. The killer got away without stealing money and jewellery from the victims or the locked safe in the office, a fact which has puzzled police and given rise to speculation that the shooting was motivated by a personal grudge.

Police were unable to achieve a breakthrough in the case until 2009, when a Japanese man on death row in China for drug trafficking made a statement to Japanese police that a Chinese man in Canada was involved in the murder.

The Japanese man, who was executed in 2010, told Japanese investigators that the suspect in Canada was part of a gang of Japanese and Chinese who carried out a series of robberies in Japan in the 1990s.

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Instead of showing a good image about his own country, he rather decided to commit crimes in Japan, a country that some Chinese claim to have such prejudice against their ethnic group. Now I ask, how do the Chinese want to improve their image by doing such stupid thing???

I dont care if he wants to do such thing in his own country with his people, but in behalf of those good Chinese who are living in Japan he at least should show a good example of good Chinese and not giving reasons for those who don't sympathize with them to criticize them.

You build your good image by showing your best example of good citizen. If you help an Elderly man, keep the street clean, and showing responsibility by not being part of these gangs.

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He will almost surely hang, if found guilty.

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...when found guilty. ;)

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He will almost surely hang, if found guilty.

Which makes the Canadian court's decision a curious one. In the past Canada has refused to extradite its citizens to countries where they may face the death penalty unless the police/prosecutors promise not to seek it.

I do wonder what kind of case the Japanese police have built. The word of 1 prisoner who was executed 4 years ago doesn't see particularly strong.

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Why is the Japanese man's name being withheld, even after his death? He was convicted for a serious offense.

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Mitsuo Matsuyama

I guess the Japanese guy builds good image by drug trafficking in China

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Nearly twenty years has passed. I don't know whether this man is the perpetrator of the triple murder or not but these three women were shot through their heads. I certainly hope this will lead to the arrest of the the culprit by all means.

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Shouldn't the headline read "Canada to extradite Canadian man?! The guy is Canadian, not Chinese. Though I guess that wouldn't have the shock value to call him what it is.

And yes, curious. Canada doesn't usually send folks back to places with the death penalty. Egg on the faces of immigration perhaps?

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He left Japan with a fake pasdport, did he also use that fake identity to gain canafian citizenship?

It is not the word of one japanese guy, but the guy happen to leave japan with a fake passport does not help his case.

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@lordpounce, the Canadian government has taken a get rid of any immigrants; real or perceived; with criminal records stance and no longer worries about death penalties or human rights as it once did. So if you live in Canada and follow politics, this decision is not surprising and will be supported by the right wing supporters of the current government.

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Justice vs Political gains.... this one will be tricky to handle or interpret. For the parents of the deceased, this will certainly be one of the hardest of times, I hope others agree and that sensitivity is catered for.

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Instead of showing a good image about his own country, he rather decided to commit crimes in Japan, a country that some Chinese claim to have such prejudice against their ethnic group. Now I ask, how do the Chinese want to improve their image by doing such stupid thing???

Do you use this same logic when you see a Chinese person doing something good in Japan? Or do you only utilize it when it helps tarnish the image of an entire nation? By the way, just this week two Japanese men were arrested in my city for raping and beating a 17 year old woman in their hotel room. Instead of showing a good image of Japan they committed a heinous crime, what say you to that? Should all Japanese bear the crime on their shoulders?

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Canada has been the favored destination for organized criminals around the world in recent years. These hardcore criminals like Canada's lenient justice system, the immigration policy that allows foreigners to purchase Canadian passports, and the refugee-friendly policies that have brought in large numbers of people from the world's darkest and most dangerous societies, usually via the global human-smuggling rings.

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subyyakiNov. 03, 2013 - 09:19PM JST @lordpounce, the Canadian government has taken a get rid of any immigrants; real or perceived; with criminal records stance and no longer worries about death penalties or human rights as it once did.

How refreshing!

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