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OSAKA — A 35-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for robbing 16 women and raping nine of them in Osaka between 1998 and 2001.

The Osaka District Court handed down the sentence to Toshiaki Tanaka, a jobless man indicted on charges ranging from armed robbery and rape in nine cases, six cases of armed robbery and attempted rape and one case of armed robbery and assault.

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