Even if you attempt to avoid being punitive, there are those situations, like in Junko Furuta’s case, when you wish the full force of justice were directed upon the perpetrators. Her high school friends abducted, tortured, raped, and eventually killed Junko Furuta. Not just because it involved a young, sixteen-year-old girl, but also because of the horrific cruelty she endured, this murder is unquestionably among the worst in history.
Let’s provide some background information about this incident so we can solve the case. When Junko was returning from school on her bike, two of her classmates set her up for failure. After that, she was brought to a residence where she had some of the worst human experiences imaginable, including a month of gang rape. After being tortured for forty-four days, Junko passed away from a severe shock.
But this essay isn’t about the horrifying treatment she had during the so-called “forty-four days of hell,” it’s about what happened next. The murder — was it ever solved? No, a case like this can never be solved because life is a gift that cannot be returned. However, events that have occurred since this horrifying incident don’t necessarily relate to justice.
In the worst event of her life, Junko was kidnapped by her classmates on November 25, 1988. She was transported to a deserted stockyard where she was raped in groups and told she would hurt her family if she tried to flee. Many people dreaded the Yakuza mafia because several of her assailants belonged to their gang.
Hiroshi Miyano, Jo Ogura, Shinji Minato, and Yasushi Wannabe, also known as “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D,” are the names of the responders. But were they ever disciplined? The response is no, not really. Since they were all minors, they were all sentenced to brief terms of imprisonment, and for the same reason, their identities were “protected” and kept a secret for a very long time.
Furuta was repeatedly raped, struck with iron items, burned, punctured with needles, made to consume nasty substances, and humiliated during her captivity. Miyano caught Furuta after she contacted the police, and as a punishment, he burned her legs. Nevertheless, despite the fact that another boy phoned the police, they went to Miyano’s house.
A gang friend allegedly declined an invitation to rape Furuta once, returned home, told his family where Furuta was residing, and then called the police. But as is customary everywhere in the globe, the police failed to execute their duty properly and conduct a thorough search for Furuta. When the truth was out, the two police officers were let go.
Furuta was tormented on January 4th, 1989, until she was unable to move. She was struck mercilessly with an iron rod while having a candle placed in her eyes, causing her to fall to the ground and convulse until she passed away. The body of Furuta was discovered inside a cement box.
Numerous stories gruesomely recount the horrible killing of Furuta, but none discuss what happened next. After the tragedy became well known, Furuta’s family avoided speaking to the media. Furuta’s mother had extensive psychiatric therapy and treatment after finding out the specifics of her daughter’s death.
Due to this case’s violence, many individuals all around the world were impacted. There is a Change.org petition to bring Junko Furuta’s killers to justice almost thirty years after their murder. The case has been the subject of at least three books including the well-known manga Girl in Concrete. A 1995 exploitation film about it, directed by Katsuya Matsumura, was also produced.
The murder of Junko Furuta ranks among the worst in recorded history, and it is very upsetting to consider the lack of justice served in this case. What do you make of this situation? Let us know in the comments section.
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