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Vietnam girl's murder in Japan stirs cry for justice

Over 1m sign petition seeking death penalty for third-grader's alleged killer

Linh loved feeding wild birds, and treasured this ornamental bird, her mother told Nikkei in late May.

HAIPHONG, Vietnam -- Eyes across Japan and Vietnam will be watching next month when a Japanese man stands trial for killing a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl who lived with her family in a city east of Tokyo.

The third-grader, Le Thi Nhat Linh, "loved Japan," her mother told Nikkei. She added that she hoped the courts would "protect children and uphold justice" by handing down a harsh sentence. She and her husband have received public support from both countries in pushing to bring the accused to trial and have him face the death penalty.

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