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15-year-old boy arrested for beating ex-classmate to death in Gunma

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Police on Wednesday morning arrested a 15-year-old youth for allegedly beating his ex-school classmate to death in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture. The boy was arrested for beating Satoshi Hoshino, 15, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspect called an ambulance himself, police said.

According to police, the suspect kicked the victim's face and head and left him in front of a local train station. Police said the victim's friend was also assaulted and slightly injured, and there were several friends of the suspect in the area at the time of the incident. The suspect has not given any motive for the attack, police said.

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Sad, another example of culture and youth corrupted. Sadly not unique to this country.

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Woo! Hoo! Freak number two for the day and it's not even lunch time yet. Where are my ruby slippers?

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This goes well to show how TV violence impacts real life violence. Man if I watched wrestling on TV and some how let it slip into my mind that any human can take anywhere near the abuse they show in the "sport"... Same goes for other forms of entertainment. If you kick someone in the head, the chances are you are gonna do some damage.

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Meanringo, nonsense. speak for yourself, dont assume what motivated this murder.

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Several friends of the suspect in the area at the same time?

This sounds suspicious. Maybe we are talking about a lynching, a popular pastime here in Japan. The usual scenario is that one of a group rings up the victim and asks them down for a chat (or a shakedown). Things soon get out of hand and somebody gets killed. What a waste. Both the victim and the guilty party have had their lives destroyed. Then again, the cops should not go soft on this youth because of his age. Life in prison without the possibility of parole or maybe the six foot drop.

I would be most interested to know what these "friends" were doing.

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Pucker up Lips... I mentioned nothing about what motivated the murder. All I said was that if you see a thousand times someone get kicked in the head, you might start thinking that you can actually do it. Not motive. Learn to read.

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He was arrested at 5:30 pm on tuesday. I'm assuming this happend a hour earlier? maybe two hours earlier? near a station? why didn't somebody else see this happening and call the cops? I find the thought horrifying of people seeing violence and not reporting it.

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sad lives ruined. The life lost, the life going to prision, and especially the parents, and loved ones of both sides. I've been one of the loved ones. it's sad.

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thats a sad accident. Notice, i say accident.. just a fight gone wrong...

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lipscombe, meanringo is right. kids brought up on a diet of violence really are clueless. now let me just load this game again to where i left off... what's that? whatd'ya mean it won't restart? of course it will restart, everybody knows it will. Loser! insert boofhead laugh here

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TV mirrors society, society doesn't mirror TV. But it gives us all a nice scapegoat so we don't have to blame ourselves. Thanks TV.

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And now, the Japanese Powers That Be are faced with a very difficult and important decision: what do we ban to solve this problem? No weapon was used, so Houston, we have a problem! Shall we ban unsupervised meetings between young people? Sudden movements of arms and legs? Or maybe we shall institute a new law requiring everyone to be shackled when outside?

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Geez... that's TWO in one day!

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MeanRingo,

You ARE implying that the boy's actions had something to do with television. Television wasn't mentioned anywhere in the report, yet here you are rambling on about TV's effects on people. Why couldn't the kid just been so angry he kept kicking the other kid? Why couldn't he have mental issues prior to the incident that led to his aggression? For all you know, the kid may not even watch violent shows/movies, if any TV at all. Don't assume such random, belligerent nonsense.

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Definitely must ban "sudden movements of arms and legs". Clearly there is nothing else to be done here save that.

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I wonder if this was any sort of gang activity? I dont mean yakuza, but..it sounds amazingly like the street gangs back in the US...

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nisegaijin- how is kicking someone repeatedly in the head an ACCIDENT????? gee - i`d really hate to see you upset about something.

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The story doesn't say what initiated the attack.

-Some folks are in need of killin', but it's still hard for me to accept that a 15-YO warranted death.

Anybody know what started this?

USAR

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outofmydepth、may i suggest some basic reading skills? it says clearly in my post: fight gone wrong. I seriously doubt that killing was the intention here. Probably a bad fall on the head. It doesn't say whether he was repeatedly kicking him. Not sure whether he was kicking him after he went down. The reason why I think that is that it says that suspect called ambulance, so he knew he went too hard. They were same age, so it's not sempai kohai bullying crap. Having said that, I still think he is a moron and should pay at full.

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nisegajin you do not know that for all we know it could be a kid from a local gang bullying a former "friend" for money

"you did not get my niman, let's teach him a lesson!"

Anyway you have to kick somebody a lot of times on the head before he dies, so accidentilly? i do not think so

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not necessarily. a friend of my friend died in the most stupid manner: some guy punched him in the face, he bumped his head when falling, and he was gone. so nisegaijin may be right, or may be not, we don't know enough details

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15 y/o Japanese again.

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just saw on the news the guy was called out to a garage - some stuff printed on the internet.....i think when you call a guy to step outside there is no good thats going to come of it all. and i did read the above - it does say that he was kicked in the head AND face - thats at least twice........repeat.

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Teach all kids, boys and girls, self defence at school. Not sports like karate but proper effective self defence techniques. This will help to get rid of pent up agression and give the kids a fighting chance on the streets. Looks now that defence against the knife is necessary too.

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WMD, I think there would be some parents who would perceive any kind of 'defense' course as simultaneously bein' one of 'aggression'. They may not want their kids to participate which would be their parental right.

USAR

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Jon,

I'm sure he was angry. I'm sure he was Hella-angry. I'm sure he was so angry he wanted to kick the crap out of the kid ala Whiley E Coyote and the Road Runner. Which if you actually did on a human scale would cause death a hundred times over. I'm not blaming his actions on the TV. I didn't say the TV made him do it. All I said is that the TV desensitized him to the limits of what the human body can take. When you see a real fight it is not some Rocky movie. It is usually a scrappy, uncoordinated free for all. Not some 10-minute long bout that contains four comebacks as the opponent miraculously stands up to the punishing head blows being delivered. One boot to the temple can kill a man. Simple. Do you get that in the movies? NO. How boring would that be right?

I think this kid simply got carried away with his actions. Didn't realize when to stop and as a result is going to have one guilt-ridden conscience that will last at least until his parent up and move him to another prefecture to hide his and their shame.

And as for not knowing whether this kid hasn't watched TV or movies... come on now lil'Jon you can't possibly be so dense as to assume he's a media recluse. No media? Kids these days don't miss a beat when it comes to TV, Video Games and Movies. I mean really.

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This just makes no sense at all. How many of us were in fist fights at 15. The worst of it in my day was a great big shiner to the loser. No xxxx deaths. But O.K. I admit it was more than two decades ago, Still, this to the death thing here is just becoming WAY OVERBOARD. Who is going to step up and take control of this country? The friggin LDP, the JDP, Governor Stonestomach? And I'm sure that tomorrow when I mention this to a student or two, they'll all say, "isn't it terrible? You just don't know what young people are thinking these days?" End of conversation. Why? Why not a protest, or a march or a demand that these things end prompto, for the honor of Japan, for the soul of Japan, and for the very future of Japan? May I end with a cliche that I wish will continue to yield some meaning as long as we inhabit the earth. "May God help Japan"."

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to sum it all up, I think Japanese need a role model. Think superman, spider man, batman, whatever. Do good for people, that should be the message. Just a random thought

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I can give you his motive, he was a disturbed bullying little p*ssant who wanted to hurt someone. I wouldn't be too surprised if he ends up having a history of fighting and violence. I can't even imagine what I would do if this happened to my son, it's good the police got him before the victim's parents did.

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Pucker up Lips... I mentioned nothing about what motivated the murder. All I said was that if you see a thousand times someone get kicked in the head, you might start thinking that you can actually do it. Not motive. Learn to read

hahahahahaha what are you on? learn to read?? learn to think. dont tell me or anyone else what they might think. that's the flaw in the violence media debate. there is NO PROOF it is all speculation by people who don't think and ASSUME a lot. what if maybe you are right, I know you aren't but what if...how about the 99.99999% of people who watch wrestling and dont decide to kick someone in the head or already have the common sense to know that it will hurt someone? hmmm?

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This guy acted because he has no purpose and no future other than a 14 hour a day job with a declining company. What he needs is a sense of national pride instead of humiliation and something deeper than buying brand sh"t for a woman. Japan needs to go military again fast. These young guys need a sense of purpose. J-Pop and gay dangle earings is not cutting it.

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romulus3...I think theres more to it than that.

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****I've noticed that there are and exceptional number of 15 years olds making the crime section here.Mostly violent crime.

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I think this story does not fit the pattern of the deranged, knife-wielding 15-year old. According to the news, the kid took the victim to the hospical himself when he collapsed. That is not your typical Akihabara lunatic.

It seems to me this was a teenage brawl that got out of hand. Not an excuse, but one should acknowledge the difference.

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To me, its a fight gone wrong. Still fishy story though, another article said the attacker and friends carried the victim to a nearby bicycle lot and call the ambulance saying "someone has collapsed".

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i agree with teenage fight gone wrong. a dear friend of mine died at high school during a stupid fight over water balloons... one punch and that was it for him. if you manage hit someone in the right place, they're a gonner. I highly doubt this kid intended on killing him and was obviously concerned enough to call an ambulance. A typical psychopath would have fled the scene without calling for help. It's a shame the boy died, but imagine how this other boy feels.. he is going to live with this for the rest of his life... a simple mistake that he probably wishes never happened. with shows on tv like rookies... and the school yard fights they show with kids beating the crap out of each other... it's no surprise kids these days think i little bit of a bash is ok.

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"Let's kill someone just for fun!"

A sad, pathetic sign of our times. Since life has no meaning, and there is no hope, then death is meaningless also, this ideology being reinforced by violent video games. horrible movies, and consequenceless values being spewed out over TV, in schools, and by the media at large.

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Tiger, who said "Let's kill someone just for fun!"? I haven´t seen that comment anywhere in reports of this incident.

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WilliB - that's the prevailing attitude these days with regards to all these killings.

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