44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta

The Horrible Murder of A Schoolgirl

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta

Junko Furuta was a lovely 16-year-old Japanese school girl who got kidnapped, then underwent 44 days of the worst torture and rape before dying badly in the hands of her captors on November 22, 1989. (44 days in hell).

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta

The case of Junko Furuta’s murder is known throughout Japan as ‘the concrete-encased high school girl’ and it drew nationwide attention at the time, owing to the sheer brutality the young girl had to endure before death brought her relief.

As some of us already know, Japan is a country build on emotional strength and brutality, these are like the motto of the Japanese traditional warriors known as the Sumari. However, even the modern Sumaris were shocked at the case and even more shocked at the age of the people who committed the crime.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 


The Junko Furuta Murder Story – 44 Days in Hell

Junko Furuta was a student of a high school in the city of Misato, located in the Saitama Prefecture region of Japan. She was a very pretty girl, an active teenaged girl who enjoyed a lot of attention and this made all the wrong people jealous. She did not smoke, did not drink alcohol and did not do drugs, all which were seen as very uncool from the viewpoint of other teenagers, most of whom were gangster-teens. One of them – Hiroshi Miyano, a top gangster-teen, had a crush on her and eventually made his approach. Not interested in a relationship, particularly with a gang leader, Junko Furuta bluntly turned Miyano down.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

At that time, Hiroshi Miyano was the school’s bully and being involved with the new generations of the dreaded Yakuza cult group, nobody dared to oppose him. But Junko Furuta had the nerve to say “No” to his advances!

On November 25, 1988, Junko Furuta was kidnapped from school by 4 teenage boys – and one of them was Hiroshi Miyano. The boys took Junko Furuta to an isolated house owned by the parents of one of the kidnappers in the Ayase district of Adachi, Tokyo.

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While she was in captivity, the kidnappers forced Junko Furuta to call her parents on the phone and inform them that she’d run away and was going to stay with a friend but insisted that she’s not in danger. Too scared to remain non-compliant and unable to realize that which was coming, Junko did just as she was instructed, thereby forestalling the manhunt that would have otherwise followed her disappearance.

The parents of Nobuharu Minato in whose house Junko Furuta was being held paid their son a visit on a few occasions but each time, under threat of more violence, Junko was instructed to pretend that she was merely the girlfriend of one of the boys. However, even when it became all too clear that she was a captive in the house, the parents still did nothing out of fear of retaliation from their son, Hiroshi Miyano, who was known to have the Yakuza gang connections.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

The 44 days that followed her abduction, Junko Furuta was made to endure all manner of unspeakable pain and suffering. The horrors she endured before her eventual murder included:

  1. Utter humiliated by being kept naked most of the time
  2. Constant raped every day in both anus and vagina. More than 100 men are believed to have taken part in her rape – Hiroshi Miyano, the captor with Yakuza connections is said to have invited other Yakuza gang members to have a turn on the 16-year-old. Investigators estimated that she was raped more than 550 times in the course of 44 days. At a point, it came to light that she was raped by 13 different men in a single day.
  3. Brutal physical beatings, which included hits with golf clubs and bashing of face against the cement floor.
  4. Being Urinated upon: More than 110 men (gangsters) had taken turns raping the girl but they also enjoyed urinating on her.
  5. To put her teenage rapists in the mood, the poor girl was regularly forced to masturbate right in before them and/or their guests.
  6. Various objects were forced into her anus and vagina, including bottles, an iron bar, scissors, sticks, roasting needles, grilled chicken skewers, and more.
  7. Was given only a limited supply or food and water
  8. Was forced to drink her own urine and eat live cockroaches.
  9. Had fireworks and such items forced up her anus and set them off, causing serious internal and external burns
  10. Had the nipple on her left breast ripped off with iron pliers
  11. Had dumbbells dropped right on her stomach while she was laid out on the floor with hands and feet tied up – this resulted in the loss of bowel control
  12. Was hanged upside down from the ceiling and used as a punching bag
  13. Was kept bodily in a deep freezer for several hours
  14. Had her eyelids burned through with lighters and hot wax.
  15. Had her breasts pierced with long sewing needles
  16. Had her vagina and clitoris burnt with lighters and cigarettes
  17. Had burning hot, lit on bulbs inserted right into her vagina and rubbed until they exploded inside

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

Junko Furuta: 44 days in hell
Junko Furuta. How much she suffered!
44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

While she was only a third of the way through her horrible ordeal, due to constant beatings, poor Junko Furuta was incapable of breathing through her nose as a result of the accumulation of blood within her cavities. Her severely traumatized internal organs refused to accept food and water so whenever she tried to drink, she always ended up vomiting, which not only kept her body even more dehydrated, it also infuriated the tormentors who punished and tortured her even more for soiling the floor carpet.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

At a point, when the attackers were asleep after drinking and molesting her, Junko Furuta tried to call the police but was caught and punished by her tormentors by having her feet set on fire with burning lighter fluid. Large wine bottle the perpetrators forced up her anus caused terrible internal injuries and ugly bleeding.

After 20 days of torture, badly bruised muscles and severe leg burns left Junko Furuta unable to walk. Her attackers had smashed the bones of her hands with weights, her fingernails had all cracked and her hands had stiffened so she was not able to handle anything anymore. It was winter at the time and she was also made to sleep outdoors on a balcony, exposing her injured body to very cold temperatures.

After 30 days, Junko Furuta found urinating almost impossible due to severe damage to internal organs and to her vulva from the insertion of foreign objects and burns from cigarettes and lighters to her vagina. Her feet and hands were damaged so badly, it took her well over an hour to crawl downstairs to the bathroom. Her eardrums, both, were also damaged and her brain size was reduced.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

Death Finally Brings Junko Furuta Relief

During the entire course of her 44-day ordeal, she was repeatedly tortured, raped and beaten. Junko Furuta constantly begged her captors time and again to just kill her and be done with the whole things. They didn’t grant her that little bit of favor. Instead, on January 4, 1989, they challenged her to a game of Mahjong solitaire. She won and that provoked the boys even more so they treated her to the worst beating with an iron barbell and then set her afire, the set her face, legs, arms, and stomach on fire after pouring lighter fluid directly on them. Already severely injured, malnutrition and dehydrated, Junko Furuta slipped into shock and passed on the following day.

The young murderers stuffed the mutilated body of the dead girl into a 55-gallon drum, filled it up with fresh concrete and dumped it in the nearby Koto, Tokyo.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

Junko Furuta’s Captors Are Identified

Due to their age, (they were Juveniles) the names of the four main captors who kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered Junko Furuta were kept hidden by the Japanese court, but a group of journalists from the Shūkan Bunshun magazine of Tokyo, dug everything up and published it, stating that after all the things they had done to Junko Furuta, they were undeserving of any human rights:

Hiroshi Miyano – 18 years old at the time of the crime, later changed his name to Hiroshi Yokoyama

Jō Ogura – 18 years old at the time of the crime, later changed his name to Jō Kamisaku

Yasushi Watanabe – 17 year old at the time of the crime, changed his name to Jo Kamisaku

Shinji Minato – 16 years old at the time of the crime, changed his name to Nobuharu Minato

All four of them were caught and tried. However, due to the fact that they were all under-aged when the crime was committed, they were not tried as adults but juveniles.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 
They eventually bagged sentences of adults, anyway, except that the courts legally withheld their identities from the public. Still, given the severity of their crimes, the sentences they were given were rather low. By now, all four of them are already out of jail.
Three of the criminals served less than 8 years, the leader, Hiroshi Miyano, was originally sentenced to 17 years in jail, but then he appealed. Instead of lowering his sentence, judge Ryūji Yanase increased his sentence up to 20 years. The same judge also increased the sentences for two of the boys who appealed. One didn’t, so his sentence stayed as it was. Either way, they’re all out f jail and in their late 30′s now.

Jo Kamisaku (Jō Ogura), who got released in August 1999 went right back to jail in July 2004 for 7 fresh years for the crime of beating up a guy he thought was trying to take his girlfriend away from him.

Because forensic examinations discovered the sperm and pubic hair of other men on the corpse of Junko Furuta, more names were added to her torture and murder:

  1. Kōichi Ihara
  2. Tetsuo Nakamura

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

Junko Furuta’s Story in Modern Culture

The torture, rape, and murder of poor Junko Furuta resulted in such international outrage that the movie industry saw a huge profit in it. Her story inspired a lot of top selling movies, including a top manga illustrated movie by Kamata Youji. The remarkable movie about this saga is titled Joshikôsei konkuriito-dunmesatsujin-jiken, translated, Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case, which was released by the industry in 1995. Directed by top Japanese movie figure Katsuya Matsumura, the movie starred Yujin Kitagawa, a member of the original band. Yuzu as the main culprit.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 

In 2004, an independently produced Japanese movie, Concrete, was also based on the events leading up to the murder of lovely Junko Furuta. No less than five books have since been written by Japanese authors who were outraged and also inspired by the case.

There are even some people who believe that the whole story behind Junko Furuta’s abduction, torture, and eventual murder is a hoax but this is definitely not the case. This terrible crime definitely occurred in Japan. It is not a hoax, but a case that was hushed up by the law of the land to a major extent due to ages of the culprit’s involved.

44 Days In Hell – The Horrible murder story of Junko Furuta 


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