JUNKO FURUTA TRIBUTE AND SHRINE

Doing more research and working hard on this! I want it to be a meaningful tribute to Junko and her short time on this earth.

Why?
I have a decently strong stomach when it comes to true crime. I had heard of the Junko Furuta case before, but didn't know many of the details. Recently I watched a very detailed video on the crime, and felt physically sick, yet I couldn't stop thinking about it. I thought a lot about it and decided to deal with my depressed feelings about Junko's death by making a page dedicated to her. It's the least I could do for a girl who was torn from this world too soon.


Some Things We Know About Junko
I am still looking for things about Junko and her personality and interests. This is what I have so far.

She was born in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, January 18th 1971

She did not smoke, drink or do drugs

She was a good high school student with few absences and good grades, in fact, she excelled in school

She worked part-time during her school years to help her family

She had taken a job at an electronics store, where she planned to work after graduation

She liked baking cakes

Her favorite TV show was a drama titled "Tonbo" (Dragonfly). Watch the opening here

She was saving money for a graduation trip she had planned.



What Happened?
In short, Junko Furuta was kidnapped by four high school boys and put through unspeakable torture for 44 days, in late 1988/early 1989. The case is known as "44 days" and "the girl stuffed in concrete case". Junko eventually succumbed to her horrific injuries. She was discovered a year later in a drum filled with concrete. The boys got infuriatingly lenient sentences and are all walking free today, at least one has even changed his name. If you want the very specific details, click below. I am warning you that it is incredibly graphic and disturbing. Do NOT say I didn't warn you. CW: Sexual assault, torture

Read on...(nothing there yet, I still have to write it up):

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I have gotten the case files and translated them to English with an online pdf translator. I have also provided the original Japanese and a link to the archived document.
View Them: ENGLISH - JAPANESE - ARCHIVE

Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 (Some of these are particularly graphic, beware. A couple contain things I felt necessary to leave out.)


In Conclusion
This incident is considered the "worst case of juvenile delinquency in post-war Japan". As horrible and barbaric as it was, I would like to think of Junko as she was before this happened, because she deserves that. We don't want to remember her only as a victim, because she was a human being with a life, friends, dreams, and aspirations. We have to remember her for that!

Here is a quote from a memorial address written by one of her friends:

"Jun-chan, welcome back. I have never dreamed that we would see you again in this way. You must have been in so much pain... so much suffering. The happi we all made from the school festival looked really good on you. We will never forget you. I have heard that the headmaster has presented you with a graduation certificate. So, we graduated together - all of us Jun-chan, there is no more pain, no more suffering. Please rest in peace."



Last Updated: October 15th 2021, by Ryou