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Junko Furuta was a fairly popular Japanese girl when four jealous men kidnapped her. The last 44 days of her life were something no one should go through.

The terrible murder of Junko Furuta, who lived 44 days in hell

This story is a horribly gruesome one. All murders are terrible, but the murder of Junko Furuta takes it to a whole other level of terror. The hardship Junko had to endure before her life was snuffed out was unbelievably cruel. It’s the kind of crime that makes you wonder how such horrible human beings could exist. 

How could four high school boys imprison someone in such a hell? 

Perhaps more importantly, how could any criminal justice system let them off as easily as they were let off? It will shock you what little retribution was handed out for their brutal slaying of Junko. 

Junko Furuta was a fairly popular Japanese girl when four jealous men kidnapped her. The last 44 days of her life were something no one should go through.

Motive for killing Junko Furuta 

Junko was a good girl who lived in Misato, Japan. She didn’t drink, she didn’t smoke, and she was well-loved by her classmates. Junko was a beautiful sixteen-year-old and this likely contributed to her popularity. Unfortunately, her beauty caught the eye of the school bully as well. When Hiroshi Miyano asked Junko out and she respectfully but firmly declined, this made him furious. 

Miyano was not used to being said no to. He was not only the school bully, but a known affiliate of the yakuza. The yakuza are essentially the gangsters of Japan, a huge crime organization known country-wide for their ruthlessness. Naturally, Miyano was set on revenge. 

On November 25, 1988, as Junko was biking home from her baito (part-time job), a random boy assailed her. Junko fell off her bike as the boy ran away and Miyano, “fortuitously” across the street, ran over to help her. Miyano offered to walk her home. Unsuspecting Junko accepted the offer. Little did she know, Miyano and three other high school friends were completing their plan to capture her. 

The four boys responsible for the capture and subsequent torture of Junko Furuta are Hiroshi Miyano, Nobuharu Minato, Kamisaku Jo, and Yasushi Watanabe. 

Junko Furuta was a fairly popular Japanese girl when four jealous men kidnapped her. The last 44 days of her life were something no one should go through.

At first, Miyano raped her repeatedly in an abandoned warehouse, but he and his friends decided it would be more fun to completely kidnap her. They brought her to Nobuharu’s house and there subjected her to even more brutality. The boys forced Junko to call her parents and tell them that she was running away and not to look for her because she was doing well. 

Junko’s next 44 days were filled with unimaginable pain. 100 different men (mostly other yakuza members) would rape Junko over 500 times. She was raped, sodomized, beaten, and starved. They amused themselves by forcing her to masturbate in front of them and inserting different objects into her genitals. 

The following objects were cruelly inserted into Junko’s vagina: scissors, a bottle, an iron bar, a hot exploding light bulb, grilled chicken skewers, roasting needles, and an exploding firework. Junko’s internal organs would be subjected to so much trauma that she eventually lost control of urinary and bowel movements. When the men & boys got too disgusted to continue sexually assaulting her, the severity of the beatings increased. 

Junko Furuta was a fairly popular Japanese girl when four jealous men kidnapped her. The last 44 days of her life were something no one should go through.

Among the other many sick things involved in this case, the parents of Miyano knew about the girl being held captive in their house. At first, they had been convinced that Junko was Miyano’s girlfriend, but when Junko begged them to help her escape they became fully aware of the horror that was taking place. The Minatos were too afraid of reprisal from the yakuza and would later blame Junko for Nobuharu’s imprisonment.

Junko’s torture continued: they urinated on her, hung her from the ceiling & used her as a punching bag, crushed her stomach with dumbells, smashed her face against the cement floor, beat her with golf clubs & iron rods, forced her to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine, made her sleep on the balcony in the cold winter, stuck her in a freezer for hours, and twisted off one of her nipples with pliers. 

Twenty days into her torture Junko managed to dial an emergency number, but the boys snatched the phone from her and hung up before Junko was able to say anything. As punishment, they poured lighter fuel on Junko’s legs & feet to set them on fire, burned her eyelids with lighters & hot wax, and smashed her fingers. 

Junko Furuta was a fairly popular Japanese girl when four jealous men kidnapped her. The last 44 days of her life were something no one should go through.

One day, a boy who had participated in one of the raping sessions felt guilty so he told his parents what they had done. His parents called the police and sent them to the Minato household. When police arrived the Minatos acted surprised and said they had no idea what they were talking about. The Minatos even went as far as even inviting them inside in a ruse to show they had nothing to hide. 

Foolishly, the policemen decided it must be true the Minatos were guiltless if they were inviting them in, so they left the house without even searching for Junko. Who knows if Junko might have survived her ordeal had they just gone in and adequately checked the situation. 

On January 4, 1989, the boys challenged Junko to a game of Mahjong. Even in her brutalized state Junko beat the boys, and this sent them into a rage. They poured gasoline all over her and set her on fire again. Junko went into convulsive seizures that the boys thought she was faking. She died a few hours later. 

In order to get rid of Junko’s body, the boys put her corpse in a 44-gallon drum, filled it with cement, and discarded it in Tokyo. It wasn’t until about a year later that authorities located Junko. One day when they were questioning Miyano about a different girl, Miyano thought they had evidence about Junko and confessed to what they had done to her prematurely. 

Junko Furuta was a fairly popular Japanese girl when four jealous men kidnapped her. The last 44 days of her life were something no one should go through.

Shockingly, because the boys were underage by Japanese standards (Hiroshi, 18; Jo, 18; Nobuharu, 16 ; Watanabe, 17) they were given lenient sentences. Miyano received a twenty year sentence, and others only seven. By now, all four boys have been released from jail and have not proven to have turned their lives around. 

Out of the money that was ordered to be given to the family of Junko Furuta ($425,000 in restorations) by the Mr. and Mrs. Minato, zero cents actually went to the Furuta family. The Minatos ended up giving the money from selling their house to the Nobuharu, Watanabe, and Jo when they were released from jail. 

The men used the money to party. Miyano had still been in jail at the time, and his mother went out of her way to desecrate Junko’s gravesite. With inconceivable audacity, Miyano’s mother blamed Junko for her son being in jail.  

How on Earth so many injustices were committed over the course of this one tragic case is a mystery to this day. It’s unthinkable that so little justice was served for this poor girl’s 44 days in hell. 

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  • They learned their contempt for innocent life, lack of compassion, misogyny and cruelty from their parents.

    April 25, 2020
  • The perpetrators of this crime are a bunch of psychopaths. The magnitude of this crime clearly transcends simple “evil”. They are irredeemable, and I don’t know how they didn’t get at least life sentence.
    More than that: Did seriously NONE of the neighbors hear anything for more than 40 days? Given the atrocities committed there, Furuta’s screams must have been easily heard.
    Really gross.

    May 31, 2020
    • This poor girl junko ……is unjustified…. She needs justice… Shame on the judge…. My tears came out…. How can a human do such a thing…. I’m speechless…… They are humans better they are called evils….. Even hell sounds better place….

      June 16, 2020
    • Is this what junko’s family got…… They need justice…. How can a human do this …..they should not be called humans….. Even animals are better then them…… What kind of judge this Japan has…. Shame….. Even after those hell days junko was still breathing…. She ask the boys to better kill her…… But boys didn’t…. They keep torturing her….. Don’t they have even a little mercy for the poor girl…. What she has done them…… Did she kill their parents…. Even in age of 16 -17 how can they think of doing such things….. They should be punished…. What they have got is nothing…. For the 44 days hell for junko…….im also a girl I can feel how she has been in trouble…… My tears continusly fall down……………… This is not call justice…. Shame…..

      June 16, 2020
    • Yeah ever since I heard about this case I am trying to find out how this went on for 44 days. They made her sleep outside, did no one see her? They literally set her on fire, did no one her the screams? So many men came to the house, did no neighbour find that suspicious? It was the house of one of the kidnappers, where did the parents live? I am not able to find answers to any of this

      August 31, 2020
  • The judge wanted to give the boys severe sentences, but he couldn’t due to the Japanese legal system. Junko never deserved this

    June 26, 2020
  • Why!? I’m speechless.. How could someone be so… No NOT JUST ONE PERSON A GROUP! A group of awful… AWFUL PEOPLE
    If I could save Junko I would. I feel so bad.. They should have gotten thrown in jail for life.

    July 13, 2020
  • this made me so sick i know fully hate men

    July 19, 2020
    • I understand that but know that even though men commit the most vicious acts on others, men also stand up and stop such evil behavior. Every time I read about attacks like this, it enrages me to my core. People like these attackers deserve zero mercy and only severe punishment.

      July 30, 2020
    • I’m sick of the Yakuza, they don’t deserve anything! As a man, I understand your disgust, this is beyond words! How could anyone do such an act and get away with it? However, I’m glad to see other people helping each other, I’m sure everyone can agree that these demons deserve punishments

      August 10, 2020
    • I am a man and this story has haunted me for a year now. I haven’t been able to forget it. It seriously damaged me. I feel so awful for that poor girl and I’m so angry at everyone that was involved. Please don’t think all men are like this. The people that did this are psychopaths.

      October 21, 2020
    • MAYBE…… A bit too far. Not all men are like that. This is way more crazy, and horrifying than most cases, but not all men are like this.

      December 15, 2020
  • It is really inhuman.Those who committed this heinous crime should have been shot dead.No mercy to these animals.It will be incorrect to call them animals;Animals are better than them

    October 13, 2020
  • I.. I.. I am wordless searching for what to say Japan one of the most developed country shame on you how do you even think this is justice I really want to have a time machine and go back to that time and save Junko omg May her soul rest in peace

    October 19, 2020
  • I- Im in shock. This is absolutely disgusting. These people deserve the most pain a human can feel.

    December 12, 2020
  • As a 13 year old kid, I obviously didnt see this absolutely horrifying, and disgusting, and so f***ed up case coming. Who can wake up one day, and say that they are gonna kidnap an innocent girl and do the horrifying things they did to her. I am so angry at those men.

    December 15, 2020
  • This horrifyingly cruel and viscious to the lowest levels of evil and depravity. They had not an ounce of mercy for that poor girl who did nothing to them. Jail and death sentence is not nearly enough to atone for their heinous inhuman sadistic crimes. They absolutely deserve to be slowy killed and tortured for 44 days, no make that 50 days rounded up in interest payment for the trouble and for initiating and inflicting this sadistic sickness on the poor girl in the first place.

    December 19, 2020
  • And girls, don’t be too trusting or afraid to be impolite. Say NO. Or if your instincts are telling you get away, GET AWAY and RUN immediately and as if your life depended on it because it more than likely might.

    December 19, 2020
  • A prime example of human depravity. The fact that so many people were involved is beyond disgusting. Shame on Japan for not severely prosecuting everyone involved to the severest degree. When the legal system fails it would be nice to see justice carried out by independent means…

    December 22, 2020
    • But that’s exactly what happened; the justice system failed, four innocent boys had their lives ruined, so one of their mothers took her vengeance on the grave of the woman responsible. Surely that’s what you wanted? The Yakuza are about honor, an eye for an eye. There will be far more to this case than is reported here; if some peasant girl was ‘raped’, then you can be sure that one of her ancestors greatly wronged a member of the wise and powerful Yakuza, in some heinous way. Imagine, for example, if your mother or father was once contradicted by a commoner, or had their drink spilt all over their fine clothes, by some clumsy sub-human ‘worker’. Surely you would deman that their oldest daughter were raped and murdered, at the very least?

      December 24, 2020
  • I can’t believe the racism here. Four innocent boys had their lives ruined, and now they and their families have to put up with being slandered. Disgusting.

    December 24, 2020
    • I am hoping you are being facetious because otherwise you sound insane.
      This was a monstrous horrible Act of torture and murder and the monster humans should be eliminated forever.

      January 4, 2021
  • This poor girl. May she rest in peace where harm will never find her again. For those who took part in these awful crimes… their punishment wasn’t even close to being any kind of justice. All I can say is they will truly have to answer for their actions someday. It’s then their deserved punishment will greet them. May they not be shown even an ounce of mercy.

    December 25, 2020
  • There has to be something missing from this story. Nobody heard this child’s screams? This is just terrible! I can’t… 😑

    January 1, 2021
  • This was monstrous and horrific. Anyone who participated in this abominable acts of torture and inflicting such Agony On This innocent young woman should forever more pay with their lives and they should suffer as she did in the process. They must be eliminated

    January 4, 2021

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