Death sentence upheld for killer

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for a 43-year-old man who killed five people during an eight-month period in the early 1980s.

Seiha Fujima fatally stabbed a 16-year-old girl, her 13-year-old sister and their 45-year-old mother in May 1982 at their home in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, after the girl turned down his romantic advances, according to the lower court rulings.

He then stabbed to death a 19-year-old man who had helped him kill the three women, in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture.

In October 1981, Fujima killed a 20-year-old man in Yokohama because of a dispute over money, the earlier rulings said.