Poetic justice: is the Japanese cannibal finally paying a price?

Issei Sagawa, who escaped prosecution for murdering and eating a fellow student, has lived off his notoriety for three decades. But as his star fades, is the Japanese cannibal finally paying the price, wonders Julian Ryall

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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.