2.26.2008

man arrested for wife's 1981 murder

Last Friday, a Japanese businessman was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife, Kazuma Miura, in downtown Los Angeles almost 27 years ago: Man again held in his wife's 1981 killing in L.A.. Kazuyoshi Miura was taken in custody while visiting the U.S. territory of Saipan and could now face trial in the United States, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Miura's murder back in 1981 apparently caused an international uproar because her husband initially had blamed "two street criminals," reinforcing Japanese stereotypes about violence in L.A. and other American cities. Later, suspicion turned to Kazuyoshi Miura, who was eventually put on trial in Japan for conspiracy to commit murder under a Japanese law that allows its citizens to be prosecuted for crimes committed in other countries. Now it's time face some U.S. justice, Kazuyoshi.