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Notable developments in five cases winding their way through the Japanese justice system:

[In Japanese] Former head of parents association gets life term for murder of Vietnamese girl in second trial  | FNN PRIME ONLINE
[In Japanese] Former head of parents association gets life term for murder of Vietnamese girl in second trial | FNN PRIME ONLINE
  • The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday upheld a life sentence handed to a man by a lower court over the 2017 murder of 9-year-old Vietnamese girl. The presiding judge said investigators “illegally confiscated” DNA evidence used to convict Yasumasa Shibuya, 49, without a search warrant and criticized them for being “lazy,” but he said the evidence was still admissible.
  • A former Self-Defense Forces member was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for killing an officer in a police box in the city of Toyama, in central Japan, in 2018 before using the officer’s gun to shoot dead a security guard at a nearby school. The Toyama District Court spared Keita Shimazu, 24, the death penalty, citing a mental disorder and other factors.
  • The mother of Hana Kimura, a cast member from popular TV show “Terrace House” who apparently took her own life after being subjected to online abuse, has sued a man for posting distressing comments about Hana after the young woman’s death. The government recently approved a bill to help victims of cyberbullying identify those who made defamatory posts online.

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