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September 20, 2005

Let Their Deaths Not Be In Vain

The Hokkaido Shimbun recently carried a story about Swiss Alberto Stocki (49), who is travelling around the country in a personal search for justice. In May of last year, an arson attack on his home in Miyazaki resulted in the death of his wife and 12-year old daughter. The arsonist was a repeat offender and Stocki is traveling the country by motorcycle collecting signatures for a petition seeking "shushinkei" (life sentence without parole) for the 38-year old man. "I don't want their deaths to be in vain," he says, and is hoping that people across the country will agree that the law is in need of amendment. Currently there is no middle ground between the death sentence and "muki choueki," which literally means limitless imprisonment but which actually allows parole after ten years or so. Stocki hopes to collect 100,000 signatures and plans to present them to the Minister of Justice next autumn.

Stocki arrived in Japan in 1975 and graduated from Doshisha University. He moved to Miyazaki, where he became an English conversation teacher. He met his wife Kumiko when she was one of his students. They married in 1982 and had two daughters. He currently operates an import business.
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