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Body of 10-year-old boy, naked with hands and feet bound, found hanging from tree

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Police in Hino, Tokyo, are investigating the death of a 10-year-old whose body was found naked, with his feet and hands bound, hanging from a tree.

According to police, the boy was found hanging from a tree in a field at around 8 p.m. Monday, Fuji TV reported. The site is about 600 meters southwest of the Keio Line's Takahatafudo Station and is a hilly area surrounded by residences.

Police said the boy was hanged with vinyl tape. His hands were tied behind his back, and both his feet were tied. His clothes were nearby.

The boy's mother called 110 at around 6:30 p.m. Monday after her son did not return home. She told police she last saw him at 11 a.m.

Police said there were no external signs of injury on the boy's body and an autopsy revealed the cause of death as asphyxiation.

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You have got to be kidding. The bizarre murders have been coming thick and fast for a long time now. So much for " safety japan".

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Horrible. Poor boy. I hope they catch the weirdo/sicko who did this.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

The Japanese media have been reporting that police are investigating it as a case or murder or suicide. I don't see how the boy could have hanged himself with his hands tied behind his back and his feet bound, as well.

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...errr I think that the "suicide" option has to be scratched out....

@Ohara Japan is safe, that is why these kind of crimes have major covering. In other parts of the world a shoot out between gangs, an armed robbery, a bomb going off in a hotel, some "express kidnap" cases or several of these type of crimes have the attention of the media... so a boy killed is not much (unless is a serial killer) By the way those crimes I stated are something of almost everyday from the country where I come... and sorry I think a lot of other countries have similar problems in that area.

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"The boy’s mother called 110 at around 6:30 p.m. Monday after her son did not return home"

Japan is a law-abiding country with a low crime-rate so it is safe for small children to walk to and from school on their own.

In fact it's good for them because they get to learn independence from an early age.

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@Daniel Neagari

Don't know what cold society you're from, but a 10 year bold found dead hanging from a tree with his arms and legs bound would make news in most countries.

Japan's reported crime rate may be lower, but thinking it's "safe" is pure stupidity. The same safety precautions as in any other country need to be taken here.

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Japan is a law-abiding country with a low crime-rate so it is safe for small children to walk to and from school on their own.

Exactly.

Japan's reported crime rate may be lower, but thinking it's "safe" is pure stupidity.

Thinking that it's not because you read a few articles on the internet is pure hysteria.

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Thinking that it's not because you read a few articles on the internet is pure hysteria.

You're talking about relative safety, I'm talking about absolute safety.

Not teaching your kids basic safety because you've convinced yourself that' it's safe is pure folly.

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You're talking about relative safety, I'm talking about absolute safety.

Ahh, absolute safety. Tell me, was it hard to get a visa for Utopia? I've heard they are pretty sparing with them.

Not teaching your kids basic safety because you've convinced yourself that' it's safe is pure folly

Please quote my statements that led you to draw this conclusion.

-14 ( +4 / -18 )

Sounds like another case of bullying.

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Just taking your statements to their logical conclusions. That's how these discussions go, as you well know.

To sum up: Japan, safe compared to other countries. Nobody is arguing that point. But to call it completely safe, period? Thousands of crime victims would disagree.

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"the boy was HANGED with... tape... hands... tied behind his back... both... feet... tied"

Nothing further to add...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

When people say that a place is safe, it is usually meant relatively compared to other places.. There is no such thing as 100% safe place

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Please, tell me this country where "Absolute safety" exist??

"Absolute" a funny word... since as far as I know, absolute is something that cannot be reach... but then again, since so much people are upset with what I said, an Absolutely safe country must exist, right?

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How awful! Bullying? Handy roll of vinyl tape, premeditated murder more like.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Knowing that these crimes are rare doesn't mitigate the disgust I have while reading about them, nor does it lessen my fear as a parent. RIP little boy, I hope the culprit(s) are swiftly brought to justice.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

this is just horrible and very very upsetting

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Just taking your statements to their logical conclusions

Except that, you know, you weren't, as nothing I said could be logically taken to that conclusion.

To sum up: Japan, safe compared to other countries. Nobody is arguing that point. But to call it completely safe, period? Thousands of crime victims would disagree.

The only real qualification on whether Japan is safe or not is in the numbers. And the numbers for Japan show it to be safe. According to your quote above, if there was a country that only had one crime a year, it would not be considered a safe country, as the person who was a victim of that crime would claim the country is not safe, since it wasn't safe for that single person.

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Wonder if some weirdo was copying something they saw in a manga book (see today's earlier story).

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So much for all those reports by western media about how Japanese kids are safe to walk home alone. And why don't Japanese parents change there behavior towards allowing their kids to walk alone after events like this?

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StrangerlandOCT. 27, 2015 - 06:12PM JST Just taking your statements to their logical conclusions Except that, you know, you weren't, as nothing I said could be logically taken to that conclusion. To sum up: Japan, safe compared to other countries. Nobody is arguing that point. But to call it completely safe, period? Thousands of crime victims would disagree. The only real qualification on whether Japan is safe or not is in the numbers. And the numbers for Japan show it to be safe. According to your quote above, if there was a country that only had one crime a year, it would not be considered a safe country, as the person who was a victim of that crime would claim the country is not safe, since it wasn't safe for that single person.

And you'Remember to comfortable with the way Japan records its crimes given the keystone-cop state of their police and the fact relatively few autopsies are carried out and the government has a hand in the media and how crimes statistics are produced and published?

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@strangerland How can you say that Japan is safe when crimes like these keep happening almost everyday. You seem to compare Japan to America or other country but clearly fail to mention the population size and thus crime rate ratio. If you think about it properly then unreported crime in Japan is also very high so long story short Japan is basically the same as other counties minus the guns! Things might be pretty aweful in your home country that you seem to keep defending Japan's safety issues every time a crime like this is report on JT ... @ decendent Great comment and response!

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unspeakable weirdness. details later will in the story.

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All readers back on topic please.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

An absolutely sad story! Catch the weirdo who did this and let him have the same horrendous fate as this 10 year-old boy.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This is freaking horrifying and disgusting!

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F-ck off moderator, let the people argue...

1 ( +2 / -1 )

This is absolutely disgusting.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

As a parent stories like this, and there are a lot of them, just fill me with sadness for the kid and his family and worry for my own. How people can commit crimes like this against kids is just beyond me.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Not sure why but my first thought was other kids did this to him. What a terrible way to go for anyone, let alone a 10-year-old kid.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

You have got to be kidding. The bizarre murders have been coming thick and fast for a long time now. So much for " safety japan".

Don't worry, this one was a "suicide". It makes you wonder how many murders are cleaned up as suicides because they were too "mendokusai".

2 ( +3 / -1 )

What a horrid story, poor kid and his poor family! RIP, looking into my crystal ball an unemployed male who is into extreme manga was quoted by police as say XYZ blar blar roughly translated to, im a frickin nut job with no soul.

I know if we live by an eye for an eye rule we all end up blind but in this case id string the perp up myself.
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strangerland:

Japan's reported crime rate may be lower, but thinking it's "safe" is pure stupidity.

Thinking that it's not because you read a few articles on the internet is pure hysteria.

Try telling that to the poor boy's parents.

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Lord have mercy...

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oharaOCT. 27, 2015 - 03:20PM JST You have got to be kidding. The bizarre murders have been coming thick and fast for a long time now. So much for " safety japan".

Echoing Daniel, Japan has a miniscule violent crime rate compared to pretty much any other country you care to name. The murders tend to be "crimes of passion" and often as not amongst family members. Otherwise, they tend to be the calculated work of sociopaths, like this instance. No society is immune to this. If this was becoming a major problem you can be sure that Japanese mothers in a position to do so would be ferrying their kids everywhere as a precaution.

Much less common are murders committed as a calculated crime for monetary gain. Even as organized crime goes, the yakuza are way down the list and much of the violence they are involved with is intramural.

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Try telling that to the poor boy's parents.

You think the boy's parents are worried about crime statistics of Japan right now?

RIP to the victim and time to get whatever scum did this pronto.

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Yeah guys. Japan is safe....safer if your a gangster that the cops don't arrest lol. I keep hearing people pushing Japan as a safe country, and yeah I personally haven't really seen much violence around my area...but hell how many times have I seen chikans on trains, or physco freaks staring at me like they want to murder me if I close my eyes?

Japan maybe safe from being robbed...as a man. It's not safe for pedophilia, it's not safe for random killings, it's not safe for a host of things.

I think it's time we stop and have a real big look at this.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

MikeH, how's the crime where you're from?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

What horrible, sad news. Poor boy, I hope they figure out the story behind this.

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Cortes Elijah, you are exactly right.

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how many times have I seen chikans on trains, or physco freaks staring at me like they want to murder me if I close my eyes?

I'm curious - how many times? I've been here 20 years. Number of gropers I've seen on trains: 0. Number of psycho freaks I've seen staring at me like they wanted to murder me: 0.

I think it's time we stop and have a real big look at this.

Well, it's obvious you need to stop and have a real big look at actual crime numbers, instead of going by feelings from reading the news.

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All readers back on topic please. Comments that do not refer to the story will be removed

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RIP sweet child. I have the feeling it's going to be a classmate.

One question, was this child going to school? Rather odd for a 10 year old to be leaving home at 11:00 on a Monday. Was he being bullied at school and not attending?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

This is crazy... I hope they catch the psycho that did this

1 ( +1 / -0 )

"the boy was HANGED with... tape... hands... tied behind his back... both... feet... tied"

RIP Jyuusai-kun !!! :-(

0 ( +0 / -0 )

What is going on in Japan society? The country is not known by this type of barbarism.

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What do you mean not known? The frequency of these kinds of crimes here is disturbing, as is the way many are not even reported and those that are are allowed to fade away often unresolved. Anyone remember the bizarre killing ( yes, another one) some weekps ago where a young girl was tortured with bone deep knife cuts before being suffocated by having her head wrapped in duct tape? And didnt a young boy who was with her dissapear at the same time? Gone from the news. Strange.

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The country is not known by this type of barbarism.

Um, yes it is. By many at least. Head on school gate, WWII... Sorry but this is what happens when violent manga is okay'd and openly read by many. Add in video games and the bullying situation and you have a recipe for very strange and violent.

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ohara:

" What do you mean not known? The frequency of these kinds of crimes here is disturbing, as is the way many are not even reported and those that are are allowed to fade away often unresolved. "

The frequency of these crimes is extremely low in Japan, but because this is a country of 120 million, of course they happen regularly.

" Anyone remember the bizarre killing ( yes, another one) some weekps ago where a young girl was tortured with bone deep knife cuts before being suffocated by having her head wrapped in duct tape? And didnt a young boy who was with her dissapear at the same time? Gone from the news. Strange. "

The case you mention was resolved, and has not disappeared from the news. The murderer stopped talking to the police and has just been staring at the ground for a long time now, that is why there is nothing new to report. Ergo, you do not see long news reports about it now. As simple as that.

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Back on topic please.

The police need to devote every officer they have on finding who did this. Forget harrassing cyclists until this sicko is caught!!

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@tmarie

Nothing out of the ordinary that the boy went out to play rather than go to school on this particular Monday as school was out of session following a school festival on the weekend.

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To all mothers and workings parents please take care of your kids.. So sad news before meal..????

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Apparently forensic autopsy is not done in many cases because of lack of forensic pathologists. So, the police decides if an autopsy is needed or not. I heard this from a forensic pathologist who has expressed extreme annoyance about the situation and has said that murder rate would definitely be higher if they had the same number of autopsies done here as in other countries.

So there, safety Japan is just an illusion just like so may other things (safe food, honest people, quality construction, etc.), the emperor is really naked.

It's actually quite easy to get away with murder here as long as you plan it well.

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