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2 Chinese stand trial for Japan murder
Updated: 2004-10-21 11:04

A court in northeastern China on Tuesday heard charges against two Chinese men suspected of being involved in the murder of a family of four in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture in June 2003.

The trial of Wang Liang, 22, and Yang Ning, 24, was held behind closed doors in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, the Daily Sunshine reported. Only relatives were allowed in.

The hearing lasted a day but no verdict was reached Tuesday.

The two were indicted in July.

Wang and Yang, formerly students in Japan, returned China soon after the murder made national headlines. The two have reportedly admitted to killing the family.

An accomplice, Wei Wei, 24, a former student at a Japanese-language school in Japan, was tracked down by police in Japan and is now facing trial before the Fukuoka District Court.

The three men were charged with killing Shinjiro Matsumoto, a 41-year-old clothing dealer, his wife Chika, 40, their son Kai, 11, and daughter Hina, 8, on June 20 and stealing cash.

The bodies of the four were found the same day in Hakata Bay.

Police said Wang Liang and Yang Ning had been tired of the academic pressure and monotonous life in Japan before they allegedly committed the murder.

When Wang was expelled from school for failing to pay tuition, they decided to steal money to return home, police said.

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