A new Netflix documentary titled Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case, delves deep into the disappearance of a young British woman in Japan.
The investigation uncovered one of the most shocking criminal cases in Japanese history.
Who was Lucie Blackman?
Lucie Blackman was a 21-year-old British woman who went missing in 2000.
She previously worked as a flight attendant for British Airways before deciding to work at the Casablanca nightclub in Tokyo, Japan.
While working at the club, she would go on paid dates with customers and accompany them to dinner and then to the club.
But one particular date on July 1, it was the last time that Lucie would ever be seen alive.
The shocking disappearance is the subject of the new Netflix documentary Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case.
What happened to Lucie Blackman?
On July 1, 2000, Lucie went on a date with a customer and made several calls to a friend, Lousie Phillips, who had travelled to Japan with her.
After their date, Phillips received a call from a man who told her that she had joined a cult and that she would never see or hear from her again.
Phillips contacted Lucie’s family who flew out to Tokyo in hopes of finding her.
Desperate to find their daughter, Lucie’s family began a media campaign to raise awareness about her disappearance.
The then-prime minister, Tony Blair, also promised to raise the issue with his Japanese counterpart at a G8 summit.
One month after her disappearance, Korean-Japanese property developer, Joji Obara, became a suspect.
While he admitted to meeting Lucie, he denied being involved in her disappearance.
Then on February 9, 2001, Lucie’s body was found buried in a cave near a beach 30 miles south of Tokyo.
Her body had been cut into 10 pieces and was badly decomposed, which meant the cause of death at the time could not be determined.
In April 2001, Obara was arrested over Lucie’s death.
Where is Joji Obara now?
In October 2002, Obara went on trial and was charged with the abduction of Lucie, rape resulting in death and the disposal of her body.
He was also charged with killing Carita Ridgway in 1992 and raping eight other women.
Obara is now serving his life sentence in prison.
In 2010, the Supreme Court of Japan rejected Obara’s appeal.