Did Junko Furuta’s killers ever get sentenced for their crimes?
The details of Junko Furuta’s case are not for the faint of heart. The trial results for her killers are not for anyone prone to moral outrage. Furuta was a young Japanese girl who was abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered by her classmates.
It’s truly despicable what the four teenage boys who abducted her revealed they were capable of. Junko Furuta did nothing wrong, but she suffered such heinous trauma. It was reasonably expected that she would receive justice for the crimes committed against her. Sadly, this was barely the case.
Junko Furuta’s horrible fate
Furuta was biking home from her part-time job one day when a random boy assaulted her. A classmate named Hiroshi Miyano happened to be across the street during this encounter. He genially offered to walk Furuta home after the assailant ran away.
What Furuta didn’t realize at the time was that the whole thing was staged. She didn’t realize Miyano still harbored ill feelings from when she had romantically rejected him. She had no way of knowing that he and his friends (Kamisaku Jo, Nobuharu Minato, and Yasushi Watanabe) had plans to abduct & rape her.
Forty-four days of torture
What was going to be a one day sexual assault turned into 44 days of hell for Furuta. After assaulting her in an abandoned warehouse, Miyano & his friends decided they were having too much fun to let her go. Plus, it would be easier to make sure she kept quiet about their crimes if they kept her in captivity.
They decided to hide Furuta in Minato’s basement and invite an unthinkable amount of men to continue the assault. Furuta went through over 500 rapes during her 44 days of torture. She also endured other forms of physical, sexual, and emotional torture such as being starved and being hung & beaten like a punching bag.
Furuta’s misery finally ended after they set her on fire when she beat them at a game of Mahjong, even in her sorry state. When the boys realized she had died, they stuffed her body in an oil drum and filled it with cement. The body was later dumped in a park and it wasn’t found until months later.
The trial for the murder of Junko Furuta
The four boys might not have even been caught for Furuta’s murder if Miyano hadn’t accidentally let the incident slip while being questioned by police for another incident involving another girl. This was a fortunate accident for justice’s sake, but the boys still received very lenient sentences.
As the leader of the crime, Miyano was given the harshest sentence of the four. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Minato received a five to seven year sentence, Watanabe a five to nine year sentence, and Jo an eight year sentence.
Why the light sentences?
Do these numbers strike you as remarkably low for the terror, heartache, and turture the boys inflicted? They do to us too. The boys weren’t even charged with murder, but rather, “causing bodily injury resulting in death”.
The Japanese juvenile court system is largely geared toward rehabilitation of criminals rather than handing out harsh sentences. Restrictions on the number of years a juvenile is allowed to be charged with kept their sentences low. The boys’ original sentences were actually even lower than the ones stated. They were only increased upon appeal.
Where are the murderers now?
Despite what the justice system hoped, these boys didn’t turn out reformed. They have all been released from prison for Junko Furuta’s murder. Three out of the four have been caught engaging in illegal activities since their release.
Hiroshi Miyano conspicuously reengaged in gang activities he was already involved in since childhood. He was arrested for fraud at one point, but then released without serving time.
Jo Kamisaku tracked down a guy who he thought to be involved with his girlfriend and threatened to kill him. Kamisaku abducted and then beat the victim for four hours. At the end of the beating he told the victim that he had killed before and would do it again. Kamisaku, formerly known as Jo Ogura, served seven years for this assault.
Shinji Minato’s continued crimes
Shinji Minato, formerly known as Nobuharu Minato, is also at it again with murderous activities. He was arrested for the attempted murder of a 32-year-old salaryman. The victim allegedly was in his car at a stoplight and saw Minato staring at him. The victim allegedly asked what Minato was looking at so Minato got angry and punched him.
The victim & his colleague then exited the car and an altercation ensued during which the victim was allegedly beaten with a baton. As the victim and his colleague reentered his car, Minato allegedly slashed the victim’s neck with a knife. It’s unclear what the results of his trial are.
Clearly, these men haven’t learned from their actions. Many wonder whether outcomes like this will lead to a change in standards of the Japanese juvenile justice system. One thing is for sure though, Junko Furuta suffered a grave injustice from both her attackers and the justice system.
Satan, please, take care of these four men! Because there is no justice above the Earth capable of punishing these monsters! Hell awaits! Why? Why such a terrible thing and why not a punishment from the authors? All I can expect is the work of Lucifer with these 4 men! Endless suffering! Endless pain! Scream wishing the death that won’t come!November 17, 2020
If it was up to me they should be executed by decapitation, and their heads should be preserved and hung on the prison’s entrance.November 21, 2020
It’s too hard for me to forget this incident. Now, I hate Japanese justice system. I don’t want to visit Japan in my whole life. It makes me so so sad that she didn’t get justice from her own country. How anyone can leave them with this after knowing whole incident. It’s so cruel, they don’t deserve to be human and I think animals also refuse to accept them. Hope God will give justice to her sure.November 30, 2020
What if they escaped, if he didn’t confessed? I also read that cops were so careless, first time they didn’t search carefully in that basement and there was also another girl assaulted by them. Don’t know how many horrible cases are hidden…. If it’s too hard to give justice then please stop giving birth girlchild!!! Girls are not for your enjoyment or for toying.
This is the most horrible crime. All I can say that poor girl is restored in heaven and the fate for her assailants in hell for all eternity will be more horrendous than what happened to her. There is justice beyond this present world.December 23, 2020
Me: *breaks everything I see (well not literally) IF THEY DO NOT GET EXECUTED I WILL JUST SCREAM AND IF I SEE ONE OF THEM I WILL KIDNAP THEM AND SELL THEIR SOULSFebruary 13, 2021
Anything that happens to these boys because they sure are not men! Real men don’t do things such as this! Whatever happens as I started to say God won’t put hurt on them because of his goodness but he will allow for revenge! Theirs is coming!March 11, 2021
You are correct! Their pain will be more horrendous! Welcome to hell boys! 👺👹😈👿March 11, 2021
I think that’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard of, on some sites they list the days and what torture she went thru on each day 🤢March 22, 2021
Sounds like the crappy justice we have in the UK, I’m not a god botherer so I think these 4 scumbags have just got away with it, should have been given the same treatment poor Junko got from them.
rest in peace I'm sorry that happened
rest in peace such an nice angel went through the worst not even hell could explain what that girl went through what ever happens to those 4 monsters in hell is what they deserve their such an evil group rest in peace you wonderful angel.April 1, 2021
Man this is the worst case I’ve ever read about. She’s been dead for 32 years but yet her death still haunts Japan. These cowards need to be tortured mercilesslyApril 12, 2021
God… i hope Junko is resting peacefully while watching her torturers burn in hell! May you rest in peace Furuta Junko..April 19, 2021
These four men shall be punished for eternity. If they dont I dont know what to say. They have tortured a poor innocent girl and they have absolutely NO right to do that. They should burn in satans hands. Furuta family god bless you…May 25, 2021
Satan i have a request! I want you to make the furuta family visit the killers and make them do whatever they want with those four scumbags!May 25, 2021
You know, I’m very very distressed at what happened to her too. It’s absolutely sickening to know how easy these boys got off. Do not worry…I believe justice for Ms Furuta is coming.Both in this life and the next. All of Reddit is looking for the perpetrators. I know that Ms Furuta,Will get justice. God bless you Ms Furuta,you’re such a beautiful angel, and may you find joy and happiness and peace where you are now,which I am sure is heaven. And, for the family, we are so very very sorry that this tragedy has happened to your daughter. I can’t imagine the pain…So so sorry for your anguish. I hope one day you are able to find peace that your daughter is now safe in heaven, and is The Most Beautiful Angel.August 28, 2021
They clearly aren’t youngsters anymore so why does authorities don’t do anything?September 22, 2021
There are 2 things I can’t believe that have happened and it makes me furious.
1. That this horrible crime occurred.
2. The dangerous animals that did this are free to roam about and enjoy their lives now.
Really people here should get together, hunt the criminals down and let let starve in a dark locked room.
I live and work in Japan. Seeing teenage girls riding their bicycles home now remind me of Junko all the time.November 10, 2021
I just pray that there is somewhere nice to go when we die and that she is there surrounded by loved ones.
Congratulations Japanese government and Japanese citizens overall. Perhaps you guys deserves more cases similar to this. But instead of the future victims came from everyday civilian; perhaps they may comes from prominent background and we can be certain that justice will be swift and harshed as always. May God blesses the victimized everywhere forever.January 20, 2022