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Friday, November 30, 2007

In the news ニュース

Last day today. Sigh...

In the Japan Times today is this story about a life sentence being upheld for the Japanese killer of a Taiwanese tourist in Japan http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20071130a6.html. In an unusual departure, the presiding judge actually made sense in his ruling. To quote:

"It is an atrocious crime. The (experience) of the blameless woman whose life was taken away in a foreign land is beyond imagination."

The accused:

"...pleaded guilty to murdering Hsiao (Jen-chiao) and dumping her body but maintained his innocence on the other charges, including abduction with the intent of molestation, rape and confinement, claiming he neither forced her into the car nor tied her. The judge called this argument irrational and incredible."

This is the first I've read of this case in either the Japanese or Taiwanese English-language media.

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