Serial rapist sentenced to 20 years


A serial rapist was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for attacks on 14 women in Akita and Miyagi prefectures in 1999 and 2000.

Presiding Judge Makoto Tamura of the Akita District Court handed down the maximum sentence to 29-year-old Makoto Minagawa, saying there were no extenuating circumstances.

The court was told that Minagawa, from the city of Akita, raped or tried to rape 14 women aged between 16 and 46 in Sendai and municipalities in Akita Prefecture between October 1999 and September 2000.

He also stole underwear and about 114,000 yen in cash from 11 of the women, the court found.

Although Minagawa expressed remorse during the trial, prosecutors said his “existence itself is dangerous.”