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Police appeal for help over unsolved 2000 murder of 17-year-old boy

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Ibaraki prefectural police on Saturday appealed to the public for any information that might help them find four men who killed a 17-year-old youth in a supermarket parking lot in Ushiku in May of 2000.

Police and relatives of the victim, Taiki Fujii, handed out flyers at the supermarket, convenience stores and railway stations in the vicinity of the crime scene, asking anyone with any information to come forward, NHK reported.

Fujii, a construction worker, was in the parking lot with his girlfriend early in the morning of May 4, 2000, when four youths picked a fight with him. The gang beat Fujii, then robbed him and fled. The girl was unharmed. Fujii died nine days later from brain contusions.

Police circulated portraits of the four suspects, based on descriptions given by the victim’s girlfriend, but there has been no breakthrough in the case.

Fujii’s mother, handing out flyers at a shopping center in Tsukuba, asked the public to help with any information, no matter how trivial it may seem.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 029-301-0110.

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Four against one? Real tough guys. I hope the police find them and they get the punishment they deserve.

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A 17-year-old construction worker, earning honest wages, beaten in front of his girlfriend, by four “youths”. Have to recall prior to Apr 1, 2022, “youth” in Japan could have meant all under 20 years of age. Perhaps in their mid to late 30’s now.

- “four youths picked a fight with him. The gang beat Fujii, then robbed him and fled. The girl was unharmed. Fujii died 9 days later from brain contusions.” -

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A grieving mother’s annual ‘appeal’ but still no leads. You’d think it in 22 years, some witness would ‘grow a conscience’ and come forward with something,

or,

at least 1 of the 4 thugs, here described as “the gang beat Fujii”, would get pegged for another crime and perhaps give up the other 3 to save himself. Seems that gang ‘code’ of “snitches get stitches” may still be keeping them all silent.

“Fujii’s mother, handing out flyers at a shopping center in Tsukuba, asked the public to help with any information,

no matter how trivial it may seem.” -

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This is so sad.

It's hard to believe that the police have an eye witness to the crime and yet have not been able to solve this murder. It seems as if they really do not care if they solve this.

If the victim was the son of a politician or someone "important" or "influential" you can bet they would have not stopped until the caught the guilty parties.

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But late to be asking for help now maybe back in May of 2000....

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