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An unusual criminal trial is under way at the Tokyo District Court in which a suspected shoplifter refuses to reveal his identity, causing awkwardness for the bench but not posing any legal problems.

With his name, age and address a mystery to the court, a Japanese man thought to be in his 20s will likely be sentenced as early as January, with the final hearing of his trial slated for next month.

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