I was just reading wiki and this article shocked me to the core, who am I to think that my life is tough??I literally started crying reading about the various tortures she had to go through. I don’t think even if the perpetrators are caught today and killed in the exact same manner it would make any difference! I hope death has finally brought her some solace. If she managed to make out alive after suffering like that, i can’t possibly imagine how her life must have had become. Where is our world leading to? I who was just 2 years old during this incident and was in my own little world with my parents around me, while she was going through THIS??!!! Since this story is getting resurfaced after almost 20 years, the fact remains that her assaults and murderers are still alive and lurking somewhere free. If such a brutal incident can happen to some one 2 decades ago, think what is happening today? How many junko’s are suffering right now without our knowledge? If action is not taken against these predators, many more mothers will return to an empty cradle.
Concrete-encased high school girl murder (女子高生コンクリート詰め殺人事件 was a 1988-89 incident in which a Japanese girl, Junko Furuta Joshikōsei konkurīto-zume satsujin-jiken)(古田順子, 16 at that time, was Furuta Junko)murdered. This incident has a high level of notoriety in Japan.
In November 1988, Boy A (then 18), Boy B (Jo Kamisaku, then 17; Kamisaku was a new family name he took after being released from prison ), Boy C (then 16) and Boy D (then 17) from Tokyoabducted and held Furuta, a second year high school (grade 11) student from Saitama Prefecture in Misato, for 44 days. They kept her captive in the house owned by the parents of Boy C.
To forestall a manhunt, Boy A 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 browbeather into posing as one of the boys’ girlfriends when the parents of the house where she was held were around, but when it became clear that the parents would not call the police, he dropped this pretext. Furuta tried to escape several times, begging the parents more than once to help her, but they did nothing, apparently out of fear that Boy A would hurt them. Boy A was at the time a low-level yakuza leader 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 with metal rods and golf clubs, introduced foreign objects including a light bulb into her vagina, made her eat cockroaches and drink her own urine, inserted fireworksinto her anus and set them off, forced Furuta to masturbate, cut her nipple with pliers, dropped dumbbells onto her stomach, 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 more than an hour for her to crawl downstairs to use the bathroom. They also related that “possibly a hundred different people” knew that Furuta had been imprisoned there, but it is not clear if this means they visited the house at different times while she was imprisoned there, or themselves 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 January 4, 1989, using a loss at mah-jong as a pretext, the four beat her with an iron barbell, poured lighter fluid on her legs, arms, face and stomach, and set her on fire. She died later that day of shock. The four boys claimed that they were not aware of how badly injured she was, and that they believed she had been malingering.
Arrest and punishment
The boys were arrested and tried as adults; but, because of Japanese handling of crimes committed by juveniles, their identities were sealed by the court. However, a weekly magazine Shūkan Bunshunreported their real names, claiming “Human rights aren’t needed for brutes.”Furuta’s real name and details about her personal life were reported exhaustively in the media. Kamisaku was judged as a sub leader, at least according to the official trial.
The four boys pled guilty to a reduced charge of “committing bodily injury that resulted in death”, rather than murder. Boy A’s parents sold their house for approximately 50 million yen and paid this as compensationto Furuta’s family.
For his participation in the crime, Kamisaku served eight years in a juvenile prisonbefore he was released, in August 1999. In July 2004, he was arrested for assaulting an acquaintance, whom he believed to be luring a girlfriend away from him, and allegedly bragged about his earlier infamy. Kamisaku was sentenced to seven years in prison for the beating.
Junko’s parents were dismayed by the sentences received by their daughter’s killers, and enjoined a civil suit against the parents of the boy in whose home the crimes were committed. When some of the convictions were overturned on the basis of problematic physical evidence (the semen and pubic hair recovered from the body did not match those of the boys who were arrested), the lawyerhandling 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 example, by unidentified persons who raped Furuta.)
At least two Japanese-language books have been written about the incident.
An exploitative film, Joshikōsei konkurīto-zume satsujin-jiken (女子高生コンクリート詰め殺人事件, was made about the incident by director Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case)Katsuya Matsumurain 1995. Yujin Kitagawa (later member of music duo Yuzu) played the role of principal culprit in the film.Another film, Concrete (コンクリート, AKA Schoolgirl in Cement), directed by Hiromu Nakamura, was made in 2004 and based on one of the books written about the incident.
Waita Uziga‘s “True Modern Stories of the Bizarre” includes the story: Schoolgirl In Concrete, based on the murder case of Junko Furuta.