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MPD pledges to solve 2000 murder of Tokyo family of 4

MPD officers place flowers outside the house where the Miyazawa family was killed in 2000, in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, on Dec. 30, 2017. (Mainichi)

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) remains determined to find the culprit behind the murder of Mikio Miyazawa, then 44, his wife and two children at their Tokyo home in 2000.

About 25 police officers, including investigators from Seijo Police Station and the head of the MPD's Criminal Investigation Bureau, visited the crime scene in the Kamisoshigaya district of Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Dec. 30 -- the 17th anniversary of the quadruple-murder. There, they laid flowers and observed a moment of silence in front of a makeshift altar with a photo of the family.

Hiroaki Ueno, head of the MPD's first criminal investigation section, said, "We will definitely nab the perpetrator. We're even more determined than before -- and we will carry out a tenacious investigation."

On the same day, Mikio's mother, 86-year-old Setsuko, visited a cemetery in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture, where the four victims are buried together with her late husband Yoshiyuki, who died in 2012 at age 84.

"I want the suspect to surrender to the police, because that person has been on the run for 17 years. I want to know why the family got caught up in that horrendous crime," Setsuko said.

The 37-member investigation team continues to pursue the case. If anyone is able to offer information regarding the crime, contact the MPD investigation team at 03-3482-3829 (in Japanese).

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