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14-year-old boy arrested for slashing girl says he wanted to kill someone

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He'll spend a bit of time in a reformatory, then be released with the public's approval to go and do it again. Some day maybe said public will pressure the authorities to ACTUALLY commit to the lip-service legislation they made a few years back saying minors could be treated as adults. Until then, kids like this will do this kind of thing knowing the punishment is next to nil, while their victims, and I pray for the girl's speedy recovery, will suffer probably for the rest of her life.

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There had to be signs he was unstabled. Parents, school, his peers, there had to be some giveaway signs

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Now that the kid is the government's custody, I hope the state reforms him the right way and not just imprison him otherwise, he'll just get out of custody angrier and more determined. We don't want that right? Props to authorities that had to use a blue sheet to cover the kid, they could've just make him wear a face mask or riot helmet to hide his identity.

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Somehow, I suspect more adults were concerned about brandishing the trademark Japanese blue tarp of utter privacy for this little criminal than there ever were concerned about his mental health prior to him slashing that innocent girl's throat.

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Let's get the article right PLEASE, it was a box-cutter! By saying "knife" you give the wrong impression and leave people questioning how in the world did this kid procure a "knife" and how the cops found numerous other "knives" in his home!

A kid his age CAN purchase a box-cutter type "knife". It is one of those sliding types that allows the user to break off portions to allow the user to get a fresh edge.

Having one like that is NOT unusual for a kid his age, as many use them for their math classes and art classes as well! THey are as common as carrying a pair of scissors in one's pencil case for kids!

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A child can not be executed nor would it be right to keep them in detention/prison until the last day of their life.

Box cutters are available in all ¥100 shops and can be bought by anyone regardless of age.

Fortunately for the victim it will mean a smaller less visible scar physically but the mental pain will be the same.

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Investigators found the boy at a cram school

Cracked under pressure? Too much school stress?

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Toshihiro:

Now that the kid is the government's custody, I hope the state reforms him the right way

....and how does does "the state" "reform him"? Do you know of any reliable way of changing personalities? Does "the state" have any mystical power that we don´t know of?

It seems to me this belief in the power of "the state" is the new religion that people flock to now that traditionial religion is dying.

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smithinjapan:

He'll spend a bit of time in a reformatory, then be released with the public's approval to go and do it again.

That was my prediction too.

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IF you walk up to someone with a knife and slash someones throat, you have intent, combined with the act of doing so, also he was quote to say "I wanted to kill someone, anyone," intent and motive, to me its plain and simple he should be charged with attempted murder, lucky for this poor girl he didn't kill her other wise he would/should be charged with murder. I hope this girl makes a full recovery, she will be permanently physically and mentally scared for the rest of her life thanks to this piece of ( expletive )

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Ive noticed a pattern, most of these crimes are taken out on school girls, slashing skirts, chopping off hair, other bizarre acts inc slashing throats, why? are they a sexual fetish based? is it just because girls are seen as weak and won't defend them selfs? I notice that these attacks are not taken out on the local yakuza guys!! funny that isntit ?

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How horrible. I hope the young girl receives counseling.

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If children 14 years and older are sent to adult criminal courts instead of juvenile courts they will be open to different punishment. In the case of murder would they be likely to receive the death sentence. They would be placed in prison and would have to lead the same life as the other inmates.

Prison is about punishment. There is no education, no mental healthcare, no forms of rehabilitation. Being young they could also become exposed to sexual abuse.

In juvenile centers its about rehabilitation, and not punishment. The offenders can continue to receive education, training for occupation, mental healthcare.

How many juveniles released reoffend?

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This case scarily reminds me of serial killer Yukio Yamaji's case. Murdered own mother in 2000 as a minor, PAROLED in 2003, and murdered again in 2005 for the SAKE of killing. Hope this is not the case.

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"I wanted to kill someone, anyone," 

Now what would have caused such an attitude? I want to know what else he said.

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This is shocking news, but something underlying in this teen that hasn't been told. His teachers, friends, relatives and even the neighborhood have all spoken positive about this teen but reminds me of another teen by the name of Jeffery Dahmer.

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In the case of murder would they be likely to receive the death sentence. 

No, no, no, and no! Remember again! This is Japan, a single murder will not get the death sentence here and there is no way they are going to put a 14 year old in the noose here either!

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Not in this case but juveniles are 14-20 years.

They can be placed in juvenile training centers, juvenile prisons and adult prisons if tried has an adult.

"Nine juvenile criminals have received death sentences that were finalised since 1966: Misao Katagiri, Kiyoshi Watanabe, Mitsuo Sasanuma, Fumio Matsuki, Sumio Kanno, Tsuneo Kuroiwa, Norio Nagayama, Teruhiko Seki, and Takayuki Mizujiri. Eight of them have already been executed, and Watanabe, who killed four people when he was 19 years old, remains on death row awaiting execution."

"As of February 2013, the most recent juvenile death sentence was given to Takayuki Fukuda, passed by the Hiroshima High Court on 22 April 2008, and upheld by the Supreme Court on 20 February 2012. A month after his 18th birthday he killed and then raped a woman, along with murdering her baby."

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" and to find motives for his alleged attack..." Didn't he say he wanted to kill somebody?

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If the boy is indeed a psychopath he would have shown other signs, hurting animals etc.

Otherwise he be experiencing pychosis in which he needs to be hospitalized for criminally dangerous minors.

Its speculative at this point. Really no point in ranting about him, I hate when people rant about young offenders the whole moral outrage of "double deviance".

The thing is is most young offenders of violent crimes, have been victims of horrific crime themselves. The trauma presents in one personality disorders including dissassociative and violent symptoms. Not saying this kid fits that description though.

Im just glad the girl is ok.

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Zichi I had no idea the justice system in Japan put kids on death row. That has got to be one of the harshest systems in the world then.

The case you talk about sounds very extreme. Obviously a dangerous psychopath or sociopath with likely a very unstable childhood.

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zichi: "A child can not be executed nor would it be right to keep them in detention/prison until the last day of their life."

Bud, the laws of Japan consider a person a "child" until midnight on the day of their 18th birthday, and in terms of being able to drink and what not, they are still considered "children" until 20. You are fully capable of knowing what murder is, and how it is wrong, FAR before the age of 14, and yes, a person should most certainly be charged in adult court for heinous and adult crimes such as this, and should spend the adequate amount of time behind bars. If we go with your route, they can get a verdict the day before their 18th birthday and not legally be allowed to spend but a couple of hours in a reformatory before being released in public -- they are still "children", after all.

"If children 14 years and older are sent to adult criminal courts instead of juvenile courts they will be open to different punishment. In the case of murder would they be likely to receive the death sentence."

Nonsense. They don't sentence people to death unless it's two or more people they killed. Even in the case you cited as proof, the man killed a woman and her child after raping the woman; that's technically two people, and an incredibly heinous crime. Linking that to the suggesting that this 14 year old kid shouldn't therefore be tried as an adult is disingenuous. He wouldn't be put to death -- not even close. But he SHOULD, and kids like him, be tried as an adult. It's not like the kid didn't know what he was doing. In fact, he flat out said he wanted to kill someone and had thought about it for some time, making it premeditated.

Michelle: "Zichi I had no idea the justice system in Japan put kids on death row. That has got to be one of the harshest systems in the world then."

Don't listen to it, and certainly don't take it to be the norm. Zichi notes a mere NINE cases in 65 years, with those people, most of whom I guarantee (and one Zichi sighted), being 18 or 19 years old already and being sentenced after becoming 20, committing extremely heinous acts. The US is far worse, putting black kids in sham trials and imprisoning them for life, not to mention countries that shoot first and then ask questions later, if ever. No, a 19 year old who rapes a woman in front of her child, then murders the mother and the child deserves the maximum adult sentence, whereas Zichi would have them spend a few months in a juvenile reformatory and not be tried as an adult unless it were a few months or days later, when they became legal adults. If anything the system is too lenient on crimes carried out by minors, like in this case. They won't even mention the kid's name, when he flat out has said he wanted to murder. He'll be out in no time. The girl, however, will never, ever heal.

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smithinjapan

very few facts of this incident are revealed by these short posts. We only know that a 14 year boy attacked a young girl and cut their throat with a box cutter and that he had a collection of them.

We know nothing whether this boy has himself suffered physical abuse himself or if there are any other events in his life.

To be clear, you are saying, juveniles who commit these serious crimes should be tried in the adult court and not the juvenile courts. I think you would apply this to all those 14-18 year old juveniles who commit these types of serious crimes.

Juvenile detention is about rehabilitation while adult imprisonment is about punishment. Do you also expect those juveniles to receive the same prison sentences that an adult would receive.

In the case of a juvenile committing murder would that according to you mean they spend the rest of their lives in prion until the day they die.

"Consisting of life sentence with the option of parole, a prisoner given a life sentence must spend at least 10 years in prison before they may have a chance at parole. But over the years the time spent in prison has become longer, and in 2010 and 2011 was about 35 years."

So you would place a 14 years old juvenile in adult prison say for murder and keep them there for 35 years. making them about 49 years and probably incapable of coping with any life outside of the prison system. They would have become totally institutionalised incapable of making any personal decisions. What then? Then just become homeless street people unable to work.

Do you have no concerns about placing a young child in an adult prison who could suffer sexual and physical abuse. There would be no education or rehabilitation programs. They would live under the same condition as the adults.

I do believe that juveniles who commit serious crimes like murder, rape, assault should also receive a period of punishment but not in an adult prison. There are different types of juvenile centers including prisons.

But while serving their period of punishment they should also continue to receive education and rehabilitation and mental health programs.

I do not think juveniles 14-18 should be placed in adult prisons. I don't think teenagers, those under 20 years should be placed in adult prisons.

The numbers of juvenile crimes have been falling.

I have never supported capital punishment regardless who it is.

Smithinjapan do you support juvenile punishment instead of juvenile rehabilitation?

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smithinjapan

I think juveniles found guilty of a crime requiring detention between the age of 14-18 years should be place in a juvenile center for a period of assessment, rehabilitation and continuing education. Unless considered a danger to themselves or others should be placed in a juvenile prison with a more strict regime.

Even if those juveniles are tried has adults.

At the age of 18 a review should be made but the juvenile who is now still a minor should be transferred to a juvenile prison to begin a period of punishment. They remain a minor until 20 years.

at 20 years there should be another review and then transferred to an adult prison to continue the period of punishment.

If at 25-30 years unless their crime is too severe, and if considered rehabilitated and safe released back into society under license for a further period of 10 years and needing to meet the condition of the license.

No one under 20 years should be executed.

From the earliest age of 14 years to 35 years would be 21 years of detention and punishment.

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