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The Murder of Junko Furuta

Sofia Lopez, Reporter and Editorial Board

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Junko Furuta was a 17-year old high school student who was abducted, tortured, raped, and murdered in the 1980s. These crimes were mostly perpetrated by four teenage boys: Hiroshi Miyano, Jō Ogura, Shinji Minato, and Yasushi Watanabe. In the whole case there are more than 100 people who knew about her captivity but they either did nothing or participated in the torture and murder. Most of these boys who knew about Junko Furuta were friends of the four teenage boys and were low ranking members of the Yakuza.

Junko Furuta attended Yashio Minami High School, she was known to be popular and good looking. This made her envied by girl in her school but she was looked down on by “gangster-like” teens since she wouldn’t smoke, drink alcohol, and do drugs. Hiroshi Miyano was known to be a school bully, Hiroshi Miyano had a huge crush on Junko Furuta. When he asked out Junko Furuta she said no because she wasn’t looking for a relashionship.

On November 25, 1988, Hiroshi Miyano and his friend Nobuharo Minato were wandering around Misato with intentions of robbing and raping local women. At 8:30 P.M. they spotted Junko Furuta on a bike heading home after finishing a part time job she had nearby. Miyano ordered Minato to kick Junko Furuta off her bike and then flee the scene. Nobuharo Minato did so and then Hiroshi Miyano acted as if he were a bystander who had seen this happen and asked her if she wanted him to walk to her house. After gaining Junko Furuta’s trust he led her to a nearby warehouse. Inside this warehouse he revealed he had Yakuza connections and threatened to kill her as he raped her in the warehouse then once again in a hotel he rented. At the hotel Hiroshi Miyano called his friends and bragged about the murder. Jō Oruga was reported to have asked Hiroshi Minato to keep Junko Furuta so they could all rape her as well. The group of friends all had history of gang rape. Gang rape is when a group of people help in the rape of one person and is also called party rape. At 3:00 A.M. Hiroshi Miyano took Junko Furuta to a park where they would meet the rest of the boys. When the boys got there they told her they knew where she lived and would kill her family if she tried to escape. She was later taken to a house in the Ayase district of Adachi where she was gang raped.

On November 27, 1988, Junko Furuta’s parents contacted police about her daughters disappearance. The kidnappers made Junko Furuta call her parents and tell them she had run away and was safe in a friends house, she was also forced to tell her parents to stop the manhunt for her. When Hiroshi Miyano’s parents were around Junko Furuta was forced to tell the parents that she was his girlfriend. They later stopped lying to his parents when it was obvious that his parents would not contact police.

Junko Furuta was held captive for 44 days. During these days she was:

  • Raped over 400 times
  • Starved
  • Beat several days with golf clubs, bamboo sticks, and iron bars
  • Used as a “punching bag” by hanging her from the celiling
  • Barbells were dropped on her stomach
  • She was forced to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine
  • Forced to masturbate to in front of them
  • Incerted foreign objects such as iron bars, skewers, and scissors into her vagina and anus, this made her unable to defecate and urinate properly
  • Shoved still on light bulbs into her vagina
  • Set of fireworks into her mouth, ears, vagina, and anus
  • Burnt her vagina with cigarettes and lighters
  • Burnt her eyelids with hot wax from a candle
  • Tore off her left nipple with pliers
  • Pierced her breasts with sewing needles

Two police officers were dispatched to the Minato house, however they were informed that there was no girl inside. The officers declined an invitation to look inside the house believing it was enough proof there was no girl inside the house. Both officers faced backlash from the community and were fired. If they had done their job Junko Furuta’s ordeal would have only lasted 16 days.

At thebeggining of December Junko Furuta attempted to call police but was discovered by Hiroshi Miyano. As punishment they doused her legs and feet in lighter fluid and set it on fire. They also reportedly shoved a large bottle up her anus, causing severe bleeding. She survived these injuries and continued to be raped. Junko Furuta asked her captors on several occasions to “Kill her and get it over with” but they refused. Instead they made her sleep on the balcony (since it was winter) or they would lock her in the freezer. Due to the severity of the torture she soon lost bladder and bowel control and was beaten for soiling carpets. She was also unable to drink or eat anything, after every attempt she would vomit. The brutality of the attacks changed her appearances. Her face was so swollen that it was difficult to make out her features, her body was also severely crippled and gave off a rotting smell which caused the boys to lose interest in her.

On January 4th, the boys challenged Junko Furuta to a game of Mahjong, she is said to have won the game. This infuriated the four boys, so they decided to beat her with an iron barbell, kicked and punched her, and placed two short candles on her eyelids, burning them with hot wax. They made her stand and they struck her feet with a swinging stick. She fell onto a stereo and collapsed into convulsions. She started bleeding profusely and pus was emerging from her infected burns, the boys decided to wrap plastic bags over their hands and continued to beat her. They also dropped an iron exercise ball on her stomach several times, they poured lighter fluid on her thighs arms, face, and stomach and set her on fire. According to some of the boys she attempted to put out the fire but became unresponsive. The attack lasted two hours and eventually Junko Furuta succumbed to her wounds and died that day.

Afraid of being caught for murder they wrapped the body in blankets and shoved the body in into a travel bag. They put her in a 55 gallon drum and filled it with wet concrete. At 8:00 pm they loaded and eventually disposed the drum into a cement truck.

On January 23, 1989, Hiroshi Miyano and Jō Oruga were arrested for the gang rape of a 19-year old woman who they had raped in December. On March 29, two officers came and interrogated them, as womens underwear had been found at their addresses. During the interrogation one of the officers led Hiroshi miyano to believe he knew of Junko Furuta’s murder. Thinking that Jō Oruga confessed of the crime he told police where to find her body, the police found the drum and Junko Furuta was identified with her finger prints. The arrest of the rest of the boys followed and spent around 20 years or more each in Prison.

 

 

 

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