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Suspect in Tokyo club murder released without charge

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that one of the men arrested over the beating to death of Ryosuke Fujimoto, 31, in a Roppongi club last September has been released.

In total, eight former members of the Kanto Rengo biker gang, including its leader, 31-year-old Taichi Ishimoto, were arrested for Fujimoto's murder at Club Flower on Sept 2 of last year. A group of 10 men in masks walked into the club in the early morning hours and, without a word, beat Fujimoto to death with metal pipes and aluminum bats.

Fuji TV reported that the 28-year-old suspect who was released, had been arrested for allegedly preparing the murder weapons. He was caught on nearby store security cameras making contact with the attackers shortly before the incident took place. The Tokyo District Court says it has asked investigators to investigate the man's involvement further before deciding on whether or not there is a case against him.

A total of 17 arrest warrants were issued in relation to the case.

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J-Police = full of win! ...no not really

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The others are still in custody though.

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So the suspects weren't all foreigners who had fled Japan then!? That was the last I read of this.

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How long was this guy in police custody? Japanese laws on being held with no charges are shocking. If they don't have proof, no holding. I'm not defending this guy but the "justice" system here is a mess and this just shows it.

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Sounds as though the plods have been making great progress with this case. They have suspects, have them arrested, have video evidence tying people to different aspects, and are releasing some people rather than just getting confessions willy nilly.

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So this poor guy was held for nearly half a year? I mean come on, that's way beyond any reasonable amount of time anyone should be held without charge or the the opportunity for bail. I mean how many times can one justify "questioning" someone? If they haven't confessed in the first week then holding them for nearly 24 weeks and trying to force a confession is just harassment and psychological torture.

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So this poor guy was held for nearly half a year?

I think the article is poorly written, leaving the prepositional phrase "on Sept 2nd last year" ambiguous (as to what it actually relates to). The murder itself took place on that date, but the suspects have been arrested more recently.

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Spanki,

The japanese media labeled kanto Rengo foreigners when in fact they are all Japanese. All of the members where born in Japan, all members can only speak Japanese and all members have Japanese names.

While of course they may have foreign ancestry I have met associates of KR and I always wondered why the media labeled them foreigners.

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"... born in Japan, ... only speak Japanese ... have Japanese names." That doesn't determine nationality. What passports do the hold?

Not that that should make any difference to anything or anyone anyway.

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It does cause it's a good way to get people pissed off at Chinese people.

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Not that that should make any difference to anything or anyone anyway.

It shouldn't but it does. The Koreans and Chinese who have been here for generations can tell you it does.

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How long was this guy in police custody? Japanese laws on being held with no charges are shocking. If they don't have proof, no holding. I'm not defending this guy but the "justice" system here is a mess and this just shows it.

Sorry you're wrong... Japan is near the top of the list of Industrialized countries (by the United Nations) as having some of the worst human rights in their justice system for suspects arrested or detained. They can hold up to 21 days (without cause) and then have a judge extend it again for another 21 days (again without evidence, based on the police word alone). Most other countries, I.E. the U.S. 24 Hours, before a habeas corpus hearing in front of a judge... Not too mention, there's no right to legal counsel in Japan... And they can Interrogate 24 / 7 until those 21 (or 42) days run out...

I'd venture to say, this guy is connected, and you know to who... Same old, same old...

And while they arrested the club owner on some petty charge of operating a "Dance club" or something silly like that, with some ridiculously low sentence guidelines, instead of something with some teeth, like "Tax Evasion." So the club owner basically has no real reason to spill his guts, because of what...? A 90 days suspended sentence for operating a dance club without a license...? Incompetence at it's best...

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