The Lucie case and Japanese justice: by @jakeadelstein et al

ルーシー・ブラックマン殺害事件の調査報道を行なってきた英語圏のジャーナリストの記者会見とツイート。そして話題は相撲や柔道の稽古での「かわいがり」、「しごき」での傷害事件に……なぜ日本の司法は、彼らの死や負傷に責任のある者を有罪にできないのか、というテーマです。 Remember the Lucie Blackman case? 10 years ago, a British woman was brutally murdered in Tokyo. Shamefully enough, our criminal justice system failed to convict the perpetrator of murder - he was only jailed for illegal disposal of Lucie's body. Richard Lloyed Parry - @dicklp続きを読む

Tokyo Vice extract: Behind the Lucie Blackman story
Lucie Blackman, a former British Airways stewardess, was working in a hostess bar in Japan when she went missing. Jake Adelstein, an American reporter on the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, was assigned to investigate.

By Jake Adelstein
9:00AM BST 19 Jun 2010

The fate of Lucie Blackman
Richard Lloyd Parry on Japanese justice
Mar 1st 2011, 18:53 by The Economist online

Richard Lloyd Parry @dicklp

If you're free tonight in Tokyo come to Foreign Correspondents' Club where I'll be talking about People Who Eat Darkness

2011-06-20 08:39:46
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Richard Parry, author of "People Who Eat Darkness" at the FCCJ, explaining why it took him 10 years to write the Lucie Blackman story.

2011-06-20 19:37:17
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Lucie Blackman, was a former a British airlines attendant who vanished in Roppongi in the year 2000.

2011-06-20 19:37:58
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Richard explains that investigating the story was like rediscovering another world in the world that he knew as Japan.

2011-06-20 19:38:24
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Correction: Lucie Blackman was a hostess working in a Roppongi who would later vanish on a "date" with her customer. The customer was Obara.

2011-06-20 19:40:43
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Obara Joji has still only been convicted of dismembering and disposing the corpse of Lucie Blackman but not her death.

2011-06-20 19:41:32
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Obara Joji had been drugging and raping women for over a decade. Even though women had complained to the police, he was at large for years.

2011-06-20 19:42:05
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Obara Joji was convicted of manslaughter and rape for the death of Carita Ridgeway. Carita was a friend of friend in college. Met her once.

2011-06-20 19:43:09
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

One of the few regrets I have in life, is that I didn't look more into Carita's death. Her friend asked me to do it.

2011-06-20 19:43:56
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

As a college newspaper reporter with still sucky Japanese, there wasn't much I could do. When her name came up in 2000, it was bad deja vu.

2011-06-20 19:45:02
Ray @Reeeehan

@jakeadelstein Huge fan of Tokyo Vice. Do you recommend 'People Who Eat Darkness'?

2011-06-20 19:45:37
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

@Reeeehan Yes, but only if you have strong stomach and resistance to depression.

2011-06-20 19:46:19
Ray @Reeeehan

@jakeadelstein I certainly do. Are there any other books on the darkside of and crime in Japan, that you also recommend?

2011-06-20 19:48:54
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

There is a Japanese book who's publication predates Richard's book: 闇を喰う人々 translates as "People who eat darkness"

2011-06-20 19:49:05
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

The Japanese book is a rambling account of the court-room trial of Obara Joji with hints that there was a criminal conspiracy behind it.

2011-06-20 19:51:33
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Another book about the Lucie Blackman case that is fascinating is ルーシー事件の真実 It's a collection of evidence, court docs.

2011-06-20 19:55:16
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

ルーシー事件の真実(The truth of the Lucie case) is a book that proffers an alternate theory claiming to clear Obara Joji. As reference, valuable.

2011-06-20 19:56:44
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Finally, in Japanese, 刑事たちの挽歌 (Last song of the detectives) is a great documentary on the police investigation.

2011-06-20 19:58:31
Donald van Deventer @dvandeventer

@jakeadelstein "convicted of dismembering but not her death" is the most bizarre legal distinction in Japan and it's inexplicable.

2011-06-20 19:57:36
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

@dvandeventer It's SOP in a homicide case. Nail the perp for disposing of the body, get a confession, re-arrest on murder charges.

2011-06-20 20:00:49
Donald van Deventer @dvandeventer

@jakeadelstein That makes more sense but why doesn't any other country in the world make that distinction?

2011-06-20 20:01:57
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Richard explains that Obara Joji's father died under unexplained circumstances but explaining more would result in probable libel suit.

2011-06-20 20:03:50
Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 @jakeadelstein

Obara Joji was convicted of 8 rapes. The first Carita Ridgeway in 1992. There were probably many more. Carita's case:rape resulting in death

2011-06-20 20:06:22