The appellate trial for Satoru Nomura and Fumio Tagami, senior figures in the criminal organization Kudo-kai, has started. Nomura continues to plead not guilty to involvement in four violent incidents against civilians, while Tagami has admitted to a role in two. In a previous trial, Nomura received a death sentence and Tagami a life sentence. The defense argues that the initial verdict lacked objectivity and was based on circumstantial evidence. The appeal will focus on whether Nomura’s death sentence will be upheld. Source: NHK
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