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The Kabutoyama case, an unprecedented trial in which a former nursery school teacher has stood in the shadow of suspicion for a quarter of a century over the death of one of her mentally disabled charges, is an open invitation to harsh criticism.

Satoshi Kamata, a journalist covering social issues, said the more than 21 years Etsuko Yamada, 48, has spent as a defendant are irrevocable.

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