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Logan5
June 2nd, 2004, 18:13
Makes me wonder for a second what I should be preparing myself for...

From Japantoday.com:

12-year-old girl dies after classmate slashes her neck at school

NAGASAKI - A 12-year-old girl died Tuesday after a female classmate slashed her neck with a paper cutter in a classroom at an elementary school in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, the police said.


Here's more from a Canadian newspaper:


Japanese schoolgirl suspected in grisly murder


BY AUDREY MCAVOY
ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO — An 11-year-old girl led a fellow sixth-grader to an empty classroom during their school lunch hour today, slit her throat and slashed arms with a box-cutter and left her to bleed to death.

The grisly slaying at an ordinary elementary school in southern Japan sent shockwaves through the community, leaving many asking how such a tragedy could occur.

The body of Satomi Mitarai, 12, was found by a teacher after the girl who attacked her returned to class in bloody clothes. The teacher called police.

Mitarai died of blood loss after being slashed in the neck and arms with a retractable knife used to cut paper and boxes, police said.

Her father rushed to Okubo elementary school in Sasebo, about 1,050 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, after receiving a call that his daughter was hurt.

"When I arrived, Satomi was already lying there collapsed. I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Kyoji Mitarai, who is head of the Sasebo bureau of the Mainichi newspaper.

"I can't put in words what I'm feeling right now," he added. "I can't understand it at all. I don't have a clue."

He said his daughter never spoke of disagreements with her classmates and appeared to get along well with them.

Authorities took the suspected attacker into custody for questioning. Police called her "Girl A," in accordance with Japanese legal protections that prohibit identifying juvenile offenders.

"Girl A" had called Satomi out of their classroom as lunch time was beginning and took her to a nearby room. In Japan, lunch is commonly eaten in classrooms.

The girls' teacher said she first noticed something was wrong when the two were missing, public broadcaster NHK reported. Shortly afterward, "Girl A" returned, smeared with blood.

Police said she confessed to the slaying and said, sobbing, "I have done a bad thing."

Authorities said the did not know the motive for the attack.

Satomi's body was discovered by a teacher who called police. Emergency medical workers said they arrived to find her lying face down on the floor. She wasn't breathing and her heart had stopped, said Kazuyoshi Tominaga of the Sasebo Central Fire Department.

Serious juvenile crimes have become a rising concern in Japan in recent years.

Last July, a 12-year-old boy in Nagasaki — a city just north of Sasebo — was accused of kidnapping, molesting and murdering a four-year-old by shoving him off the roof of a car garage.

In the same month, a 14-year-old boy was arrested for beating a 13-year-old classmate to death in Okinawa.

Just three years ago, legislators lowered the age of criminal responsibility to 14 from 16 years amid public outrage over the brutal beheading of a 10-year-old boy by a 14-year-old in 1997.

Last year's slaying in Nagasaki prompted many to wonder whether the age should be again lowered.

Violent juvenile crimes remain rare in Japan, however. The 1,986 "heinous crimes" — murder, robbery, arson and rape — committed by Japanese minors in 2002 represented just 1.4 per cent of all youth offences, according to the National Police Agency.

Japan's justice system emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment for minors. The boy who beheaded the 10-year-old in 1997 was freed from custody in March at age 21.

Education officials said schools would be offering students counselling after the Sasebo slashing.

"Doctors and school counsellors will offer help if needed," said Koichi Tsurusaki, the head of the Sasebo Education Committee. "Many asked for help after last year's Nagasaki incident, so we'd like the counsellors to direct the response."

dobharrison
June 2nd, 2004, 18:27
That's a very disturbing story, but that type of incident is so rare. I think a lot of people tend to idealise Japan and imagine it as such a safe place. Unfortunately, while Japan is generally very safe, incidents do happen.

Beq
June 4th, 2004, 21:08
This latest incident made the news here. They said that this kind of violent, sadistic killings between Japanese children has risen a disturbing 300% in the past few years, and they have no idea why. That's disturbing in itself.

Logan5
June 5th, 2004, 04:32
This latest incident made the news here. They said that this kind of violent, sadistic killings between Japanese children has risen a disturbing 300% in the past few years, and they have no idea why. That's disturbing in itself.

I blame it all on "Battle Royale." :roll:

Seriously though, I've read that Jr High is a good place to teach, cuz the students are not as wrapped up in the extremely tough placement exams they have to take in high school yet.

cottamg
June 5th, 2004, 10:35
I blame it all on "Battle Royale." :roll:

Seriously though, I've read that Jr High is a good place to teach, cuz the students are not as wrapped up in the extremely tough placement exams they have to take in high school yet.

Actually.. so is the girl that committed the offense. (From what I hear).

What I want to know is what the girl was doing reading something like that.. an 11year old girl.. what the hell were the parents doing?

Paper
June 5th, 2004, 21:31
What I want to know is what the girl was doing reading something like that.. an 11year old girl.. what the hell were the parents doing?

parents? In Japan, the raising a child properly is the school's responsibility and not the parents'. It's even written in one of the CLAIR/JET handouts that go to BOEs/JETs/Supervisors! Crazy, I know. It makes a great excuse for Parents when there's something wrong with their kid.

Another thing you'll probably find shocking is if you are at a school and you ask for scissors, the kids will say they don't have any, but will open their pencil case and give you their box cutters to use.

Mike
June 18th, 2004, 10:31
I've read a statistic saying that The number of gun related crimes in American was higher than those in Japan, England, France, and a couple of other southeast asia countries (don't quite remember, read it a while ago). I also saw another thing saying that the number of gun-related deaths in Japan was 78. So I wouldn't be too worried.