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Chinese graduate student stabbed to death in her Tokyo apartment building

A 24-year-old Chinese female graduate student from Qingdao, Shandong province, has been stabbed to death in her apartment building in Tokyo.

Jiang Ge, who went to Japan in April last year to study for a master’s degree in one of the most prestigious law schools in Japan, Hosei University, was killed around dawn on Thursday, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

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Jiang was stabbed in the throat and body, after a loud argument in the corridor of the apartment building, the report said.

Jiang’s female flatmate called the police after hearing loud quarrelling in the corridor, and police found Jiang lying in a pool of blood when they arrived. They rushed her to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Chinese news portal Huanqiu.com reported that a witness saw a man in the corridor at around the time Jiang was attacked.

In a Weibo posting by Jiang’s mother, who arrived in Japan on Friday after being informed of the incident by the Japanese Embassy in China, said there were multiple knife wounds on her daughter’s throat and body.

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“Only several minutes before my daughter’s death, she was telling me how she wanted to find a good job and give me a good life,” Jiang’s mother said in another post, “but 18 minutes later, she was dead!”

Jiang’s mother begged the Japanese public to provide clues to her daughter’s death.

With no police breakthrough in the case at this stage, Jiang’s mother is discussing the handling of her daughter’s body with them, the report said.

There were more than 138,000 Chinese students studying in Japan in 2011, accounting for 63.5 per cent of the foreign students in the country, according to the website of the Japanese Embassy in China.