Reward period extended in 5 murder cases


The National Police Agency said Wednesday that rewards for information leading to arrests in five unsolved murder cases will be extended by another year until Dec 7, 2017.

The cases include the murders of a family of four in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward 16 years ago, Sankei Shimbun reported. Company employee Mikio Miyazawa, his wife, 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter were found murdered in their home on December 31, 2000. The reward in that case is 10 million yen-- the highest reward ever offered.

Another case is the 2008 homicide of Manami Shimizu, a 15-year-old female high school student who was murdered and robbed in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.

The other cases are:

-- The 2007 murder of college student Daisaku Chiba, 20, who was stabbed to death in Sankyo Ward, Kyoto. -- A 2010 robbery-murder in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, in which convenience store manager Tomoji Yamazaki, 68,was fatally stabbed. -- The 2010 murder of Shota Tsutsumi, a 16-year-old high-school student who was stabbed to death in Kobe City’s Kita Ward.

Apart from the Setagaya case, the other four cases all carry a 3 million yen reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crimes.

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And the cops "always" get their man? I hope they find the people who committed these crimes, and my hope is that they get the "right" perps and not just someone they can break to admit the "crime".

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Only 5 unsolved murders? That's pretty damn impressive

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"Only 5 unsolved murders? That's pretty damn impressive"

@dcog9065 I agree,

maybe they should also look into the unemployed , with no fixed addresses, "I was drunk and I don't remember" suspects too.

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Those rewards seem low, especially considering one is the top unsolved case. No crowdfunding attempts?

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Rewards ending the period of... what? 5 cases hitting a for example 10-yr limit?

The article does not tell us who offers to pay the rewards or what the time limit is, or even why there might be a time limit on a reward anyway.

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