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A girl was found in a box on Tuesday and was declared dead by doctors after she was taken to hospital, police said.

Police identified the victim as Airi Kinoshita, 7, a first-year elementary school student from Aki-ku, Hiroshima. A passerby found the girl in a cardboard box in an empty lot in Aki-ku at about 3 p.m. before alerting local police. Police have launched a murder investigation.