One of the suspects in the killing of a freelance journalist who wrote about Japan’s underworld groups allegedly committed the crime because the reporter refused to apologize for criticizing him in publications, police sources said Saturday.

Keizo Sakurai, 42, decided to kill Satoru Someya, 38, in late August after the journalist made critical comments about Sakurai, a locksmith, in his book “Kabukicho Underground,” published the previous month, and a magazine article, and refused to apologize, the sources said.

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