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In Japan, where violent attacks against journalists are very rare, the body of freelance reporter Satoru Someya was found near a pier in Tokyo Bay on 12 September, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report.

Someya's body was found wrapped in a weighted chain. He had eight stab wounds in his back and head injuries, CPJ says. An autopsy determined that he had been dead for one to two weeks, according to Japanese press reports. Someya had been missing since 5 September.

CPJ is investigating whether the murder is connected to Someya's work. The 38-year old journalist reported about organised crime in Tokyo using the pen name Kuragaki Kashiwabara. In July, Someya published a book about Chinese criminal groups in Kabukicho, Tokyo's red light district, and wrote that his investigations might put him in danger, CPJ says. Local police note, however, that Someya may have been in financial trouble and owed money to several acquaintances.

The last time a journalist was murdered in Japan occurred on 3 May 1987, when "Asahi Shimbun" reporter, Tomohiro Kojiri, was shot and killed by an unidentified man, CPJ and RSF say. No one was convicted of the murder.

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