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Articles by Paul Murphy

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Paul Murphy is an award-winning journalist. His reports about Japan have appeared in The Japan Times, International Herald Tribune/Asahi Shimbun, Irish Independent, Irish Times and RTÉ’s Prime Time television program, among others. He is currently a reporter for the RTÉ Investigations Unit in Dublin. This article is adapted from his book True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dopeheads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom.