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Print shop worker Tsutomu Miyazaki, 34, was sentenced to death April 14 for the abduction and murder of four girls in Tokyo and Saitama prefectures in 1988 and 1989 in a serial killing spree that shocked the nation.

After a seven-year trial that mainly focused on the culpability of the defendant, the Tokyo District Court found Miyazaki guilty of slaying the four girls, who were aged between 4 and 7.

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