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--The two people mentioned are above are suspects. They are being investigated, and have not been convicted. They may be innocent, they may be not. While I am in favor of juries, quite often jurors make up their minds based on information from the mass media, which in the case of Japan is all from one source-the police and prosecutors.God help the criminally accused with sociopaths like those writing above. ---Michael H. Fox ---Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center.
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I would advise all to withhold judgement until the trial starts. The woman denies the charges and no evidence has yet been produced. This case is quite similar to the Eniwa case (info available at my website).up in Hokkaido- a woman charged with murdering another out of jealousy. And the police know who the true perpetrator is. Sad, but true.
Michael H. Fox Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Research Center.
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Some notes: --Life imprisonment in Japan averages 26.5 years. Ten years ago it was 21.5 years, and if the trend of penal populism continues, Ichihashi may be in for 30 years.
--Life Imprisonment can be much longer, an innocent man, Fumi Hoshino, has been in for over 30 years, and will not be released because he refuses to write a hansei-sho.
--Michael H. Fox --Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Research Center.
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