In 1988, Junko Furuta was a pretty and popular 16-year-old high school student in Japan. She stayed out of the party scene but her good looks had caught the attention of the high school bully, Hiroshi Miyano.
Junko infuriated Hiroshi by politely rejecting his romantic advances.
Hiroshi was affiliated with a very powerful Japanese gang syndicate, named Yakuza. This mafia type organization is today still extremely infamous for its power and terrifying brutality.
On November 25th, 1988 Junko was riding her bike home from an after-school job when a teenage boy ran up and pushed her off the road.
Hiroshi, who just happened to be walking across the road offered to safely walk her home.
Instead, he lured her into a warehouse where he raped her and then took her to a hotel where he repeatedly forced himself on her again.
Excited, he called his friends who wanted their turn with Junko also.
The four teenage boys kidnapped her and took her to the parent’s house of one of her assailant’s, Nobouharu Minato.
Junko was told to call her family and let them know that she was safe. Doing as she was told she didn’t realize that this prevented any chance of her rescue from a gruesome fate beyond anybody’s nightmares.
While Junko was being held captive, Nobuharu’s parents stopped by to see their son on a few occasions. Junko was told to pretend she was the girlfriend of one of the boys.
The parents became suspicious as Junko was always there. She begged and pleaded them for help. They pretended not to hear her even after becoming aware of the horrific abuse from the boys. They feared retaliation from Yakuza.
Junko was raped over 500 times by 100 different men – Yakuza members were invited to enjoy themselves with a sixteen-year-old.
Her rapes were daily – at one time 12 different men forced themselves upon her in a single day.
She was used as a toilet as they urinated all over her.
Objects were inserted in her anus and vagina including a bottle, an iron bar, scissors, a hot light bulb, roasting needles, grilled chicken skewers and a lit firework!
They starved her and forced to consume live cockroaches and drink her own urine.
She was completely humiliated as she was forced to masturbate in front of the boys and their guests to keep them turned on.
She was kept naked, despite the fact that it was winter in Japan where the temperatures dropped way below zero. She was put out on the balcony to sleep or forced to sit for hours in a freezer.
They hung her from the ceiling and beat her with golf clubs, iron rods, and bamboo sticks.
One of the most revolting acts they committed upon her was taking a pair of pliers to her nipple and ripping it off.
Junko was very much conscious during these attacks and her internal organs became so damaged that she eventually could not eat, drink or control her bladder and bowel movements.
It would take her an hour to crawl downstairs to use the bathroom and eventually she could not make it in time. The boys no longer wanted her sexually after that and subjected her to even further punishment in their disgust.
They smashed her face against the cement floor while they took turns stomping on her head. Her nasal passages became so filled with blood, that she had to breathe through her mouth. Then barbells were dropped on her stomach.
On Day 20 of her torture, Junko had somehow had managed to get a phone and was able to call the police.
She never got to utter a word before the boys caught her. Again she was severely punished. Gasoline was poured on her feet and legs and set on fire.
Then they burned her eyelids with hot wax and lighters.
The 44th Day
One of the friends of the boys who participated in one of the raping sessions felt guilty and told his parents.
The police were called to the house where Nobuharu’s parents denied that there was any girl being held captive there. They in fact calmly welcomed the police to come on in.
The officers were completely thrown off by their casual demeanor and apologized for disturbing them. They left without even checking the house.
On the 44th day, Junko was challenged to a game of Mahjong by the boys. Despite her completely wrecked state of health, she won!
Her victory caused her abductors to fly into a rage. They beat her and poured gasoline on her and set her on fire. This time they threw it on her face, abdomen and basically covered her entire body!
Junko fought desperately against the flames and eventually they died out. She was still alive and went into serious convulsions.
The boys thought she was faking it. She often would do this during her torture sessions but would wake up an hour or two later. This time she didn’t.
Panicking they threw her in a concrete drum hoping to cover up the murder.
One year later, Junko’s body was discovered. She had been pregnant at the time of her death.
Hiroshi had accidentally ratted on himself and the others. The murder of another girl had recently happened and as the police were randomly questioning people, Hiroshi thought they knew what he did.
Due to the fact that they were underage, they were given a light sentence. Three of the boys received just seven years and Hiroshi was given 20.
He was out by his late 30’s. His name was changed and he was protected by Japanese law.
When Junko’s mother found out the details she was so distraught that she was committed into a psychiatric unit.
Hiroshi’s mother completely blamed Junko, for her son being in prison. She spat on and desecrated Junko’s grave.
Nobarharu’s parents were ordered to pay $425,000 in Japanese Yen as restorations to Junko’s parents. They were forced to sell their house but did not give the money to Junko’s parents.
It was given instead to three of the boys released after their seven-year sentences. They enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle from this money, taking expensive vacations and partying on private sailboats.
Jo Kamisaku eventually, got married and lead a regular lifestyle for a very brief period of time until he got paranoid that his wife was cheating.
He took the suspected offender to an abandoned restaurant where he beat him to a bloody pulp. He bragged to his victim about how he had murdered someone and would do it again! Jo ended up with another seven-year sentence!
Junko’s horrible death fascinated people around the world. It became the subject of an anime video game and two movies were made about her story. Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case in 1995 and Concrete in 2004.
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