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Families of Zama murder victims grief stricken after bodies identified

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Japanese medias disclosed the names and pictures of all the victims including minors. It is arousing a controversy.

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Japanese medias disclosed the names and pictures of all the victims including minors. It is arousing a controversy.

Not really when one considers that murder victims, no matter their age, even young children, are openly named in news and media reports.

It's just the names of the "underage" culprits that are kept "private" to protect the families of the accused!

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I was almost overwhelmed with sadness when the details of these victims was being broadcast on TV yesterday. Of the nasty murders we've been hearing about lately, this is the nastiest.

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I saw this on TV yesterday. I just wish they did not put victims photos and names on TV in that manner. The families have suffered enough and could be further stigmatized due the circumstances of these murders. In this case I think it would be more responsible to ensure ALL focus is on the killer. I think leaving this type of revelation at the age and sex of each victim is enough. This is one case where I think the victims' privacy should take precedence of the public's "right to know". I do not feel I have an "right" to know the specific identities of these victims.

Such a sad and tragic story

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Looks like at least one person seems to think we have a "right to know" the identity of the victims. This is beyond me

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Reading about the victims and their stories, hopes, dreams, experiences... this is so sad. I'm in two minds about the naming of the victims though. I would hope that somehow they can be remembered through their hopes and dreams. Have their names associated with good things from their lives. The sick murderer though. I hope he is left in a pit and forgotten about. I don't know... this is just so sad.

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Haaa - you have an interesting perspective and a good point, however I think the surviving family members should have some right or some say in whether the victims' names are disclosed.

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I suspect that in a similar situation I would not be interested in what the police or media wanted to do with the name of a family member. If pressed, then if it would not help get my daughter back, or bring further evidence against that sub-human under arrest, I would not see the point in releasing the names and details.

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made a prayer at a shrine this morning for the victims and their families even though I'm not religious. i did it because maybe they are, and it is my offering to them.

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Hopefully, this will serve as a warning for all the stupid people who use these online groups and dating services. They are full of predators, just like this one. Over 60% of the emails sent by young Japanese people are to people they have never met. Most of the victims in this case wanted to die and were looking for someone to help them. "Be careful what you wish for!"

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@Disillusioned - Interesting post. Where do you get the statistic that over 60% of emails sent by young Japanese people are to people they have never met? Not trying to be argumentative but curious where that information came from.

Also are you implying the deceased are "stupid"? I would not necessarily agree with that.

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@Tokyo-Engr - no argument from me. What the families want is of the utmost importance. I guess I'm thinking about this as if I were in the situation of having lost a loved one in such a terrible way, I wouldn't want them remembered for how they died but I would want them remembered. It's difficult to say how best to achieve that.

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It’s a weird and sad story. According to this fellow, none of these youngsters actually wanted to end their lives, while he apparently searched the internet about how many murders it would take in order to be handed down the death penalty. Well, this being Japan, if he had a death wish, I’m pretty sure he won’t be disappointed, for he won’t die of natural causes.

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 Over 60% of the emails sent by young Japanese people are to people they have never met.

Really now? This makes no sense whatsoever, younger Japanese kids now a days literally do not use email.

Instagram, twitter, and to a much lesser degree, line, are the preferred methods of communication.

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I just wish they did not put victims photos and names on TV in that manner. The families have suffered enough and could be further stigmatized due the circumstances of these murders.

i don't understand this. It's common journalistic practice to identify who was killed. I can't think of a case where the identity of a murder victim remained anonymous. And I can't imagine what stigma you think could be associated with the family. Even all the victims in the church massacre was pictured along with their background story.

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What is invalid CSRF?

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The use of the word ‘after’ in the title and first paragraph, makes it seem as though the relatives were only notified by the press/mass media and that such notification itself caused part of their grief.

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@nanda

I keep getting that message too. Annoying isn’t it?

Anything JT can do to stop it happening?

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Annoying but I found and easy fix.

Select & Cut the whole comment, refresh page, paste comment and hit submit.

Somehow non-visible Code(CRLF) gets added but drops when pasted.

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Thanks, pacint : )

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So many dis-functional families here out of touch with members living under the same roof, no communication, parents sleeping in separate rooms and no idea what their own kids are thinking about. This is a huge problem here, parents don't talk to their kids.

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