A controversial autobiography written by the now 32-year-old man who killed two children in Kobe when he was 14 has been published, despite objections by the family of one of the victims.
The book, titled "Zekka" (絶歌), is published by Ohta Publishing Co and went on sale June 10.
The book provides vivid details about the two murders in 1997 by Seito Sakakibara, the pseudonym used by the killer, and his time in a medical juvenile reformatory from where he was released on a provisional basis in 2004, before being fully released in January 2005.
No information has been publicly released about where the man now lives or where he works. He is frequently referred to as Boy A by media and in legal documents.
In the book, he writes how he used to kill cats but got tired of that and started to fantasize what it would feel like to kill a human being, Sankei Shimbun reported. He writes that he now realizes the gravity of what he did.
Sakakibara attacked five young kids in all, injuring three, and killing two -- Ayaka Yamashita, 10, and 11-year-old Jun Hase -- between March and May 1997. Hase was beheaded with a knife, and his mutilated body was left at the front gate of a school with a note saying: "This is the beginning of the game... You police guys stop me if you can... I desperately want to see people die, it is a thrill for me to commit murder. A bloody judgment is needed for my years of great bitterness."
Satoshi Oka, president of Ohta Publishing, said in a statement regarding the book, that Sakakibara had wanted to publish the book himself, Sankei reported. In March of this year, Ohta Publishing was approached by Sakakibara via a third party, after which a face-to-face meeting was arranged during which Sakakibara's notes for his draft were passed over to the company.
"We have never had the opportunity to read the personal account of a juvenile criminal at this level. Although I understand this book will receive a great deal of criticism, I believe that the book details events that speak to issues of juvenile criminal accountability still relevant today," Oka said.
Sources say that Sakakibara sent a personal note of apology attached to a copy of the book, to be delivered to the bereaved families of his victims.
About 10,000 copies of the first edition were given the green light for publication without the bereaved families being notified beforehand, Sankei reported. Royalties for sales of the book will be paid to the author.
Mamoru Hase, Jun Hase's father, issued a statement to the media in which he said: "I don't know if the murderer of our child published this book to further extend our endless suffering. It shows he doesn't really feel bad about doing what he did. I wish this book would be pulled immediately and that no more copies be printed."© Japan Today