Nozaki Hiroshi

JIADEP NOTE: An extremely bizarre case. Nozaki was first sentenced for mutilating and abandoning a corpse. The victim was a Filipina, and no arrest was made regarding her death. Some Philippine commentators express astonishment at the first charge, and rightly insist that if the victim were European or American, he would have been sent away for life.

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Man given death, 14-year term for murders of 2 Filipinas
09th October, 2010

A high court on Friday sentenced a Japanese man to death for murdering a Filipina in 2008 and to 14 years in prison for the murder of a second Filipina in 1999.

The Tokyo High Court handed down the death sentence to Hiroshi Nozaki, 51, for the murder of Honiefaith Ratilla Kamiosawa, 22, in 2008, scrapping a district court ruling that gave him a life term. Separately, it upheld the lower court ruling on the slaying of Elda Longakit Yoneda, 27, in 1999.

The rulings were given separately as Nozaki was charged with the 1999 murder only after being found guilty and having his sentence finalized for dismembering and abandoning the victim’s body. The criminal law stipulates that a crime connected to another crime on which final judgment has already been passed cannot be judged together with another case.

Nozaki was imprisoned in 2000 after his sentence of three-and-a-half years for dismembering and abandoning Yoneda’s body had been finalized. Police established a murder case only after he was released from jail.

Noting that he committed the 2008 murder despite being given the chance to reflect on his earlier crime, Presiding Judge Tetsuji Nagaoka said, in handing down the death sentence, ‘‘There is no possibility of the defendant being reformed.’‘

The Tokyo District Court ruling last year said Nozaki suffocated Yoneda with a futon mattress at a condominium in Yokohama in April 1999 and strangled Kamiosawa at a Tokyo condominium in April 2008 before dumping parts of her body in a canal and other places.


Hangman Cheated: Prison terms given for killings

The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 50-year-old man to life in prison for the 2008 murder of a Filipino woman.

It also sentenced Hiroshi Nozaki to a 14-year prison term for slaying another Filipina in Yokohama in 1999.

His first victim was aged 27. His second victim, 22-year-old Honiefaith Ratilla Kamiosawa, was killed in Tokyo.

Nozaki was also convicted of dismembering and abandoning Kamiosawa's body.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the 2008 murder and life imprisonment in the 1999 case.

Nozaki had already been convicted of dismembering and abandoning the first victim's body, so the court handed down two separate sentences according to the Criminal Law.

When Nozaki was first convicted in the 1999 case, investigators were unable to turn up sufficient evidence to indict Nozaki for murder.(IHT/Asahi: December 17,2009)

Japanese man to face 30 years for Pinay's death

May 22, 2008 4:59pm

MANILA, Philippines - The Japanese man suspected of killing a Filipina worker and chopping her body parts in Japan may face up to 30 years in prison for the crime of murder.

Hiroshi Nozaki, 48, has been formally charged by Japanese prosecutors on Wednesday for the death of Honiefaith Ratilla Kamiosawa, 22, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a text message to GMANews.TV on Thursday, DFA spokesperson Claro Cristobal said Nozaki may get a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison if convicted for the crime.

On April 6, Nozaki was arrested by Japanese police at the Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture when he was about to commit suicide by slashing his wrists.

According to reports, Nozaki was a roommate of Kamiosawa, who worked as a nightclub hostess in Roppongi, a Japanese district known for its nightclubs and bars. They shared an apartment with the victim’s two cousins.

Japanese police are trying to determine whether Nozaki killed Kamiosawa over rent disputes.

Nozaki and Kamiosawa were acquainted sometime last year, when the Japanese visited the Filipina in a nightclub in Tokyo's Taito-ku district.

When Kamiosawa moved to another nightclub in Roppongi last December, she agreed to live with Nozaki by sharing the rent for the apartment.

The victim, her two cousins and Nozaki agreed to equally share more than 200,000 yen in monthly rent. However, Nozaki recently began to refuse to contribute his share, triggering a dispute between him and Kamiosawa, according to the sources.

Online site Japan Probe said that prior to her disappearance, witnesses overheard Nozaki saying he would kill Kamiosawa after an argument ensued between them.

Nozaki went missing after one of the cousins returned home and encountered him carrying a body part, the police said. The woman then reported the incident to the police.

In an apparent attempt to hide the crime, the Japanese suspect, Hiroshi Nozaki, allegedly washed Kamiosawa’s body parts in a laundry machine before stashing it in a suitcase.

Television network Asahi reported that the 48-year-old suspect “elaborately" washed the body parts of the 22-year-old Filipina to make it difficult to trace the victim’s cause of death.

The report also claimed that blood was found in Kamiosawa’s mutilated body parts while blood was also detected in the washing machine.

Kamiosawa's chopped head was finally discovered on April 11 in a canal near the victim’s apartment.

Earlier reports said that Nozaki was arrested in 2000 and later sentenced to three years and six months for mutilating and abandoning the body of another Filipina.

Quoting the Sports Nippon tabloid, wire reports said that Nozaki killed the first Filipina in 1999. He then burned and flushed the body parts of the 27-year-old Filipina victim in a toilet.

Police believed Kamiosawa could have been killed in the 26th- floor unit of the high-rise condominium in the Odaiba waterfront district between 5:30 pm and 8:45 pm on April 3.

The Tokyo District Court charged Nozaki for murder on Wednesday with the first court hearing expected in July.

"First court hearing on the case is expected within two months and trial is to take at least a year," Cristobal said.
- Mark Joseph Ubalde, GMANews.TV

What would have happened if she was an American?
Red on Apr 10 2008 at 12:25 am | Filed under: Japan: News and Media

Kamiosawa: Murdered and Chopped Up in Tokyo
How many of you have been following the attempted suicide of Hiroshi Nozaki (
野崎浩) on April 6?
I’m guessing not that many of you, because for some reason it’s not really receiving that much air time on Japanese TV. Nozaki’s suicide is particularly controversial because after calling an ambulance he gave instructions to the doctor to search in a coin locker at the Hamamatsucho Station.

Inside the locker was a suitcase filled with 10 chopped up body parts of a 22 year old Filipina woman, Honiefaith Ratilla Kamiosawa (
上大澤・ハニーフィット・ラティリア). As foreigners in Japan, there is more to this story than the Japanese media make out. How much different would this situation be if she were say, American? Or perhaps if she was a Japanese national, and the killer was an African American?

In case you haven’t seen the news let me give you a very brief rundown on what appears to have happened:

      This video is a sample nonchalant media coverage that this case got on Japanese TV (Japanese language). The last line in the story regarding the washing machine trick is particularly interesting. Translation: “It is thought that Nozaki washed the parts of the body in a washing machine before putting them in a suitcase. The police are thinking about whether to charge him with Murder also”.

      This alone is a pretty horrific story. But I ask you, Why isn’t this a bigger issue? Why isn’t it getting more press? Why is it that the life of a Filipino is deemed to be so worthless? Would it have been any different if she was an American?

      Of course it would have. It would be a high profile international crime case. President Bush would be knocking on Fukuda’s door. I know that Japan is an important country for the Philippines but come on? Where is the power of your politicians? Why aren’t they making a bigger issue of this? The future of the Philippines rides on the success of its overseas workers, it can’t afford to allow Japan to get away with something like this? Has anybody seen any comments from the Embassy?