This is so sad. Who would do this to that poor girl?
Junko Furuta (???? Furuta Junko) was a Japanese girl who was murdered in one of Japan's most infamous crimes.
The crimeIn November of 1988, Jo Kamisaku (then 17; Kamisaku was a new surname he took after being released from prison) and three other young men from Tokyo abducted and held Furuta, a second-year high school student (equivalent to the U.S. 11th grade) from Saitama Prefecture in Misato, for several weeks. They kept her captive in the house owned by the parents of one of the other three boys.
To forestall a manhunt, Kamisaku coerced Furuta into calling her own parents and telling them that she had run away from home, but was with "a friend" and was not in danger. He also browbeat her into posing as one of their girlfriends when the parents were around, but when it became clear that they would not call the police, he dropped this pretext. The girl tried to escape several times, begging more than once with the parents who lived there to help her, but they did nothing, apparently out of fear that Kamisaku would hurt them. He was at the time a low-level yakuza member and had bragged that he could use his connections to kill anyone who interfered.
According to their statements at their trial, the four of them raped her, beat her, introduced foreign objects into her *, made her drink her own urine, inserted fireworks into her anus and set them off, forced her to **********, and burned her with cigarettes and lighters. (One of the burnings was punishment for attempting to call the police.) At one point her injuries were so severe that according to one of the boys it took her more than an hour for her to crawl downstairs to use the bathroom. They also related that "possibly a hundred different people" knew that she had been imprisoned there, but it is not clear if this means they visited her at different times while she was imprisoned and either raped or abused her. When the boys refused to let her leave, she begged them on several occasions to "kill (her) and get it over with."
On 4 January1989, using one of the boy's loss at mah-jongg as a pretext, the four beat her with an iron barbell, poured lighter fluid on her legs, arms, face and stomach, and immolated her. She died later that day of shock. The four boys claimed that they were not aware of how badly injured she was, or that they believed she had been malingering.
Arrest and punishmentThe boys were arrested and tried as adults, but their identities were sealed by the court due to the way crimes committed by juveniles are handled in Japan. In contrast, Furuta's real name and details about her personal life were reported exhaustively in the media.
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Kamisaku and his compatriots pled guilty to a reduced charge of "commiting bodily injury that resulted in death" rather than murder. Kamisaku's parents sold their house for approximately 50 million yen and paid this as compensation to Furuta's family.
For his participation in the crime, Kamisaku served eight years in a juvenile prison before he was released in August of 1999. In July 2004 he was arrested for assaulting an acquaintance, Takatoshi Isono, whom Kamisaku believed was luring a girlfriend away from him, and allegedly bragged about his earlier infamy. Kamisaku was sentenced to seven years in prison for the beating.
Furuta's parents were dismayed by the sentencing passed on their daughter's killers and enjoined a civil suit against the parents of the boy whose house they were staying in. When some of their convictions were overturned based on problematic physical evidence (the semen and pubic hair recovered from the body did not match the boys who were arrested), the lawyer handling the civil suit decided there was no case to be made and refused to represent them further. (There is speculation that the evidence may have been contaminated -- for instance, due to the other as-yet-unidentified parties who came in and raped Furuta separately.)
MediaThe case drew nationwide attention towards the sentencing and rehabilitation of youthful offenders, especially in the context of youths tried as adults, and became a media sensation.
An exploitative film, Joshik?sei konkur?to-zume satsujin-jiken (???????????????? Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case), was made about the incident by director Katsuya Matsumura in 1995. Another film, Concrete (??????) aka Schoolgirl in Cement, directed by Hiromu Nakamura, was made in 2004; a graphic, also-exploitative manga by Waita Uziga (which fictionalized some of the details) was released the same year under the title Shin Gendai Ry?kiden (? ????? Modern-Day True-to-Life Stories of the Bizarre).
Now that you know the story when you watch this music video by Gazette you can see how Ruki (the singer) feels
I cried after I read the story and watched the video....Now im scared and I cant sleep
Re: This is so sad. Who would do this to that poor girl?
I do have to say, everyone here knows how sad that is i mean, that is very cruel and impolite to do to a girl. But not trying to be rude, but i dont think it was necessary to post this here, maybe on your blog. Just the pur fact that that is innopropriate and very uhm scary, the oniters might lock this, i dont know but they might. Im 13 and i dont get like affected by that, like you know, i dont think its too innoproprite, but there are some people that are even younger than me here, even though this is a adolesent site for ages 13 and up. And parents wouldnt want their children going up to them like," Did you hear that a girl got like raped, and had to drink pee, and was hit, and was tortured in Japan?" Parents wouldnt trust this site, and people would get in trouble for things that shouldnt of even of happened. You to me are cool, pretty popular at this site, all im saying is just be careful, im not a moniter, but hey, i look out for people in hokagesroom ^^ See ya!