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The Osaka District Court sentenced a 44-year-old man to life in prison Wednesday for raping or attempting to rape 28 women and girls from 2001 to 2006 in Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Nara prefectures, as well as robbing some of his victims.

Kenji Ikeda, a former moneylender, “has committed extraordinarily heinous crimes, has a strong recidivist tendency and completely lacks a normal sense of morality,” Judge Hiroshi Akiyama said.

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