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The statute of limitations on the 1991 murder of a Japanese academic who translated Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel “The Satanic Verses” is due to expire in 12 months, with the case as yet unsolved.

The Ibaraki Prefectural Police still maintains a special task force investigating the death of Tsukuba University assistant professor Hitoshi Igarashi, but it has uncovered no information that could help solve the case, investigative sources said.

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