Ryo Sakamoto, a former editor of the major tabloid newspaper Tokyo-Sports, remembers the media frenzy in the 1980s over the case of Kazuyoshi Miura.

Miura was arrested in Saipan last month on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife, Kazumi, who was shot in Los Angeles in November 1981 and died from her head wound about a year later in Japan.

The sudden start of the U.S. judicial procedure stunned many Japanese, including Sakamoto, because the 60-year-old businessman in 2003 was cleared by the Supreme Court in Japan.