Stalker murder victim was 'so close to her dream'

Stalker murder victim was 'so close to her dream'

ZUSHI, Kanagawa - A 33-year-old designer who was stabbed to death by a stalker last year was only a step away from realizing her dream of setting up her own company that would have planned and hosted handicraft workshops.

As Wednesday marked the first anniversary of Rie Miyoshi's death, her husband, 43, spoke to the media for the first time since the murder and revealed that Miyoshi was killed when she was just weeks away from realizing her dream.

Her husband also described an aspect of his own grief. "I was the closest person to her [when Miyoshi was killed], but I failed to save her. This is what I have to carry through my whole life," he said.

Miyoshi was fatally stabbed by the man, a former boyfriend, at her apartment in Zushi on Nov. 6, 2012. Police said that the man sent Miyoshi more than 1,000 e-mails in March and April that year, reportedly saying such things as: "We promised to marry. It's a breach of contract."

Sending a barrage of e-mails was not covered by the anti-stalking law in effect at the time. But with this case as a trigger, the law was revised to ban sending massive amounts of unwelcome e-mails.

Miyoshi and her husband married in 2008 and moved to Zushi in 2010. According to her husband, Miyoshi had been dreaming of establishing a company to plan and organize workshops from several years ago, and planned to start her firm in November or December last year.

On the morning of the day of the murder, Miyoshi posted a picture of her new business card on her Facebook page, with a comment saying: "[The card] turned out to look great, making me feel like I'm overreaching a little. I'm so happy."

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