Man Arrested For Osaka Middle School Murders, 2nd Body Found

Friends mourn their classmates

Friends mourn their classmates, image from Mainichi Shimbun

Netizens have been shocked by the apparent murders of two middle school students, Hirata Natsumi and Hoshino Ryoto. Although the murder of the boy, Hoshino, has yet to be confirmed officially, a man has already been arrested for the murder of the girl, Hirata.

The pair went missing when they were wondering through an Osaka City in the small hours, disappearing from CCTV footage at some point after 5am. Yamada is also seen in the footage, the evidence that ultimately led to his arrest.

On SNS site mixi, netizens called for the death sentence for the criminal, but equally condemned the childrens’ parents for allowing them to wander through town in the middle of the night.

From Mainichi Shimbun:

45 Year Old Man Arrested, Boy’s Body Found

The murder suspect Yamada Koji

The suspect detained by police, image from Mainichi Shimbun

◇ Osaka Prefectural Police Suspect Disposal Of Corpse From CCTV Camera Footage

On August 21, Osaka Prefectural police arrested Yamada Koji (45) occupation unknown, of Korishinmachi, Neyagawa City, in relation to the incident in which the body of Hirata Natsumi (13), a first year student at the municipal Nakrida Middle School, Nayagawa City, Osaka, was discovered late at night on August 13 in the parking lot of distribution company in Takatsuki City, Osaka. Yamada was arrested after suspicions of his involvement grew following his appearance in CCTV footage. Furthermore, on the same day police also discovered a body in a bamboo grove in Kashiwara City, also Osaka, which is assumed to be Hoshino Ryoto, a classmate of Hirata’s who had also gone missing, and who had been seen with Hirata.

Police are keen to clarify all the details of the situation, and Yamada is assumed to know at least some of the details regarding Hirata’s death. The victim, Hirata, and the suspect, Yamada, are not thought to have been acquaintances.

According to an investigation spokesperson, late at night on August 13, Yamada is suspected of disposing of Hirata’s corpse in the parking lot of distribution company “Chokuhanhaiso”, in Banda-1, Takatsuki City. Hirata was found with several layers of duct tape wrapped around her face, and both her wrists were bound. There were also over 30 cuts on her left arm and left breast, the left-side of her abdomen, and her left thigh that were apparently made while she was still alive. There were also marks on her head and face where she had been beaten.

The autopsy results gave Hirata’s cause of death as suffocation. Discoloration of the skin on her lips was consistent with suffocation. Police think it is highly likely that Hirata was killed due to the fact that her mouth and nose were blocked off with duct tape.

Hirata’s body was discovered when a male employee (53) of the distribution company who had finished his delivery shift noticed the body in the reverse parking camera of his truck as he reversed it into a parking space. The employee found that there were marks that looked like blood stains underneath the family car he had moved from the parking space immediately prior, and it is assumed that the body had been disposed in such a way that it was concealed beneath the car.

Hirata and Hoshino are recorded in CCTV camera footage in a shopping street close to the Keihan Neayagawa Station between 1am and 5am. After that time, any trace of the two disappears.

◇The Suspect Sandwiched Between Police Officers In A Police Car, Lowers His Head As Far As He Can

At 8:43pm on August 21, the car carrying Yamada pulled into the Prefectural Police HQ in Chuo Ward, Osaka City. Yamada, wearing a black hat, was flanked by investigating officers and had lowered his head as far as he could, wincing.

So it seems like they’ve also found the boy’s body too…The two of them must have had so many things they wanted to do. I feel so angry at the perpetrator. And I hope that as a consequence of this, parents will think again about curfews and about the environment that their children live in.

Comments from mixi:

It’s because there are abnormal men like that living alongside normal people that we shouldn’t let our children go walking about late at night when there aren’t many people around.

I mean of course it’s not good that these children were wondering around in the middle of the night, but that doesn’t mean that it’s ok for them to be murdered. What did they do? I hope that man ends up in prison for the rest of his life and never gets out.

I hope that they will use this to stop minors wandering around (after about 9pm).

Rather than judging what their parents were thinking by having their children walking at night, I wish they’d do something about all these mentally abnormal people who murder in this way.

When it comes to this kind of crime where there is a lot of public concern, the Japanese police investigations really are excellent, more so than usual.

It looks like they’ve found a body that seems to be Hoshino, too…This is just so sad as someone who has kids their age. Is it really so easy to murder someone? Those children who were murdered, they were precious to someone!

I had hope that perhaps the boy had been spared, but I guess not. At night, no matter how many people are around, if there are children wandering then this kind of thing happens. Those parents who have some groundless confidence that their kids will be alright, they really need to think things over again.

Ah, I’d thought the boy might be alright. Such a pity. All I can hope for is that this criminal gets the harshest capital punishment. Making amends for this sin will take an awful lot…

Glad they arrested him, but this is the worst possible outcome. It would be unacceptable for the criminal to get anything other than the death sentence (grrr).

This incident is not going to be resolved just by arresting the criminal. Why the hell were a boy and a girl, middle school students, who only a short while ago were elementary school students, roaming outdoors at night? This doesn’t just end with saying that we’re sorry the children are dead, does it?

Why is it that those middle school students have their names and faces made public, but this guy in his 40s is being hidden?

People need to discipline their children so that they don’t go out at night, but I wish we lived in a country where even if people do go out roaming they don’t end up as victims of crime.

Once they confirm that this guy did it, I want him to get the death sentence the very next day. People who rob others of their human rights don’t need their own human rights.

This is the worst outcome, but I hope that they quickly unravel the motive behind this crime and how it led to murder.

So the boy died too? That’s such a pity. I pray for them.

This guy is obviously evil, but I think it’s bad that the two kids were wandering around late at night too. If they hadn’t gone out this would never have happened.

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  • zachary T

    Such a sad story, Can not imagine what anguish the parents of the children are going through. By the comments, it looks like Japan is having the same conversation we have in the US, the streets should be safe enough for anyone to walk around at anytime day or night, but that doesn’t mean children so young should be walking around so late.

    • JEng

      They should consider how early these kids are sexualized and that probably they left home to meet each other of their own free will. We saw the same thing happen between 4 and 5am in our own building with a young male and female and obviously they didn’t care about the female or what her parents would think or feel about her using his family’s rent regulated whatever it is. Obviously HIS family had no problem with it – if these Japanese kids had somewhere to go to hang out and be together at that hour, they would have gone there.

      And Japanese society can’t blame the parents without blaming themselves because they make it okay for kids that age to see themselves a certain way through yaoi and lolicon.

      It’s one thing for kids to makeout in high school but it’s something else when kids feel entitled to be alone together. It’s kind of gross.

      • JEng

        This is the unintended consequence of promoting Yaoi to cover up the rapes of Chinese boys by Japanese.

        Yamada previously was arrested for luring boys into cars and confining
        them there. In March 2002, he caught the attention of a male second-year
        middle school student on a street in the Koriminaminocho district of
        Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, telling the boy: “I want to go to Neyagawa
        Station. I want you to get in my car and guide me there.”

        • risotto

          Do you even know what yaoi is? You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

          • JEng

            I’ve never read Yaoi – just gazed at the google images when I search Akihito Yaoi – its the glorification and coverup of the violence perpetrated upon Walter Dempsey Junior in Manila, Chinese males all over the Asia including the South Pacific, Piepel rapes of Jewish males -it’s the counterweight to Tom Fontana’s rape of David Morrison in St Elsewhere and his later work on depicting male rape on Oz because as a vulnerable female you will have your own perception compromised along with society’s by the depiction of rape of females as a corruption of (mutual) desire but in the American depictions of male rape in the aforementioned writing of Tom Fontana as well as in Edward James Olmos (half Jewish)’ American Me, it is undeniably an act of violence and without consent of the victim.

            The Japanese with both Yaoi and Lolicon are selling rape as mutual, desired by the victim and enjoyed by the victim.

          • risotto

            Yeah, this doesn’t make a lick of sense but I’ll just go out on a limb…

            Yaoi is a medium about male x male relationships that is geared, primarily, towards women/girls. It’s also commonly lumped in with BL (Boys’ Love) and shounen-ai. It depicts adult relationships.

            I think the term you’re looking for is shotacon, which is the gender-equivalent of lolicon. I can’t speak for those two mediums because I avoid them like the plague.

            That being said, you’re putting the blame of a horrific crime on a medium instead of where it rightfully belongs: the person who committed it.

          • JEng

            no I read articles about Yaoi and its specifcally a forced dominant attraction thing

          • guest

            Yaoi can be anything from a sweet relationship story between two men to full glorification of rape, there are hundreds of authors and different series. What you’re doing is like saying every romantic movie ever filmed is actually a hardcore porn film. Doesn’t have to be.
            Also, people can choose what to read and what to avoid. Next time, just say “violent yaoi” and you’ll be spot on. Just don’t offend an entire community needlessly.

          • JEng

            from a Japanese phd’s thesis I read on line – yaoi involves the theme of dominance and willingness after an initial rape.

            Its not harmless written pornography – it is probably created to alibi the piepel rapes primarily upon Chinese males but which Walter Dempsey Junior’s two unbearable interviews are the only survivor descriptions I have found online. I have a feeling that Eric Lomax’s two weeks may have involved rape from the way he was terrified of his old torture chamber – it was similar to the feeling evoked in that piepel rape movie with Kevin Bacon as a Spofford guard and had Brad Pitt and Jason Patric.

            I think that rape of a duck to death in front of the other FEPOWs in more than one biography of Louis Zamperini’s sojourn has to do with a rape of young vulnerable male FEPOW – not an actual animal. Duck is a Chinese euphemism for a male prostitute. A young Chinese boy dressed up as a girl to fulfill a quota demanded by the Japanese in Flowers of War.

      • guest

        What the fuck are you talking about? Are you actually trying to somehow correlate this guy killing these kids with them being out late at night because of yaoi and lolicon material? He was fucked in the head, that’s all there is to it.

        And no, it’s not “kind of gross” that kids around that age want to be around each other. I don’t know what fairy tail land you live in, but kids are interested in the opposite sex, always have been. Obviously they left home “of their own free will” as you put it, and there is nothing wrong with them just hanging out. They just needed to be more aware of the potential dangers in being out alone that late at night. If anything, Japan needs more of its young adults to associate with the opposite sex, based off of all the reports that have come out in recent years.

        You clearly have some sort of axe to grind with loli/yaoi material(though I don’t know why you picked yaoi, assuming you know what it actually is). They are just fiction nothing more, it’s beyond absurd to try to say that it influenced a couple of kids to go out late at night and meet each other.

        • JEng

          they were out ALL night if not a night and a day – and this is Osaka – not an innocent city at all.

        • JEng

          that wrongheaded idea that they are independent and entitled when they are underage is gross AND stupid and their parents are jerks for allowing it.

          These Japanese kids could have been kidnapped in the afternoon and then it would just have been how yaoi and lolicon stoked the fires of interest, imagination and entitlement to stab a 13 year old girl more than 30 times all over her body and to kill the 12 year old buy as well but they were out in the woods overnight like there was nothing wrong with that and Japan may try to sell that oh we are a safe and homey homogeneous society where they wouldnt even think that their innocent purity wasnt lovely for having an overnight camping sleepover with a buddy – but this is Osaka we are talking about and this is Japan land of the LEGAL yaoi and lolicon manga and anime.

          • guest

            First of all, most of the world is land of the “legal yaoi and lolicon manga and anime”, unless you live in some police state shit hole like the U.K., Canada, Australia, etc.

            Second of all, you still make no sense what so ever. There is nothing reported to state that anything sexual whatsoever was done to these children, just that they were tortured and murdered. Even if anything was done, again, that has nothing to do with yaoi or lolicon material, as much as you want it to. Why, if they were kidnapped in the afternoon, would your first thought be that “yaoi and lolicon stoked the fires of interest, imagination and entitlement” of the perpetrator? There is no correlation.

            And again, fiction is fiction, and it doesn’t matter at all what you draw or read, who gives a shit. This is real life, and people are responsible for what the do to other real people. If they can’t separate fiction they consume from the world around them, they need to be separated from society.

            Third, I did say that the children should have been aware by now that staying out alone that late at night is dangerous, and some responsibility for not supervising them falls on the parents. However, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with what the kids did, you act like they left the house with their parents blessing, it was just kids being kids, sneaking out and meeting up.

          • JEng

            Japan voluntarily strongly edits its manga, anime and video games so Americans dont get a heads up on the propagandizing poured into the minds of its intended Japanese only audience.

          • guest

            Trust me, I have plenty of experience with the material you are saying is intended for Japanese only audiences, and I have no problems with any of it. Rather, I’m quite a fan, and there are plenty of people in the west too. You seem to think that in Japan this material is everywhere for popular consumption, and while I will say that they thankfully have a less puritanical view of things sexual, for the most part it is mostly consumed by a particular subset of Japanese, not the general public.

            They also don’t strongly edit things for foreign audiences, there is some censorship of material published overseas, which is extremely stupid in my opinion to do, as again, it is just fiction, but for the most part anything blatantly pornographic or risque in nature is not brought over in large amounts, so no changes are required. And thankfully even that material is starting to be brought over, though you still have lots of people in the west still complaining about minor things that “offend” them.

          • JEng

            Have you seen “Great Happiness Space”? You might really enjoy it. It’s a documentary about gigolos in a club who sell overpriced drinks to girls who have to keep being prostitutes to pay their bar tabs.

          • guest

            I can’t say I have. I am a bit confused from your statement as to who has to keep being a prostitute to pay the tab, the women? Also, not quite sure what it has to do with our previous conversation, though if you are seriously suggesting it, from the plot synopsis I
            don’t really know if I would be interested, didn’t really catch my eye.

          • JEng

            it’s pretty enlightening – it’s similar to a warning that I heard elders discuss in our gift shop about how the Chinese gangsters would lure high school girls to be their girlfriends but would turn them into prostitutes making them think they had boyfriends and I couldn’t understand how that was possible but the Osaka “Great Happiness Space” shows it.

          • Gerhana

            weeaboo paedophile alert

          • guest

            Nice buzzwords.

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  • Dan

    Rest in peace, kids.

    This murderer better get what’s coming to him.

  • Korean

    Child killer. What a complete PSYCHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BaekDudeSan

    Every nation has ” Black Sheep”.

  • bultak23

    people like this hide in large societies, for years.

  • JohnLee

    Do you know in Korea there is crime ladder, This kind of crime is the lowest crime in Korea including Child Molestor, In Korean Jail, this criminal can die or seriously get beaten up by Korean Mafia members. Again I do not know how crime ladders work in Japan.

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