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The Aomori District Court on Wednesday sentenced a former taxi driver to death for setting fire to a branch office of major consumer credit firm Takefuji Corp. and killing five employees during an attempted robbery.

Although he pleaded guilty to the charges, Mitsuhiro Kobayashi, 44, denied he intended to murder the five when he set fire to the branch in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture. Four other staff members suffered serious burns.

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