The Tokyo Reporter

Chinese national prosecuted in Kabukicho club slaying

A Chinese national has been accused of robbery resulting in death in the slaying of a club manager and robbery of patrons in Kabukicho 16 years ago

TOKYO (TR) – A male Chinese national has been prosecuted in the slaying of the manager of a hostess club in the capital’s Shinjuku Ward in 2001, reports NHK (Mar. 29).

At the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday, the Chinese national, 38, was charged with robbery resulting in death in the killing of the manager of club Venus, located in the Kabukicho red-light district, and robbery of customers in the early morning hours of August 16, 2011.

The defendant admits to committing the robbery. However, he has denied committing the murder.

In the incident, five persons with stockings over their faces barged into the sixth-floor club and tied up 10 customers and staff members, including hostesses from Taiwan and Thailand. The manager, Ryuzaburo Ito, 59, was stabbed to death by the perpetrators, who also stole around three million yen from the club and valuables, such as wristwatches, from customers.

According to a previous report, all five of the suspects are Chinese nationals. The three principal offenders had previously been apprehended in China and sentenced to death by a Chinese court.

Last month, the 38-year-old Chinese national was apprehended in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture for violating immigration laws by overstaying his visa.

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