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University student consulted with police before being killed by acquaintance

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Shizuoka Prefectural Police have revealed that a 19-year-old female university student who was stabbed to death on Saturday in Numazu had consulted with law enforcement officials about being stalked on social network sites.

Mirai Yamada was stabbed at around 1:20 p.m. as she walked home after finishing her part-time shift at a convenience store, Fuji TV reported. A local resident heard a woman scream for help several times, and called 110. Police rushed to the scene and found Yamada lying on the ground, bleeding from several stab wounds. She was taken to hospital where she died about two hours later.

Police detained Aoi Hori near the scene of the crime. Police said Hori, who is from Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture, and Yamada were acquainted and that both attended the College of International Relations of Nihon University in Mishima.

Police said Hori has admitted to the charge but has so far given no motive.

Numazu police said Yamada consulted them in January about being stalked online but did not reveal if Yamada was referring to Hori. Police said they gave her guidance on anti-crime prevention measures and did not hear back from her again.

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Police said they gave her guidance on anti-crime prevention measures and did not hear back from her again.

There is a real problem with how police here handle stalker complaints and this sums it up pretty well. A victim being stalked literally by her own murderer goes to the police for help and all they did was explain one of their PR brochures to her.

You'd almost think they were hoping not to ever hear back from her, which is pretty much their entire approach to all of these. Not that they want anything bad to happen to the victims, but they really don't want it to become a problem they have to deal with, so everyone gets the brush off.

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Imagine if it was their own daughter they would jump up and go all out to track the stalker down. Conviction rate almost 100% but when it matters they always fail. What's the point???

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Ah, the J-Police! Their motto: "No body, our feet stay up on the Koban reception desk."

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People will predictably blame the police here, but in this case I do not see they realistically could have done. Full-time body guard? Only connected politicians get that.

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Realistically they could put a restraining order on him and arrest him should he break it. He was obviously going to break it, (small note) he was a nutter and man hours of observation would have saved a life.

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People will predictably blame the police here, but in this case I do not see they realistically could have done. Full-time body guard? Only connected politicians get that.

Or maybe they could have actually investigated the crime, questioned the suspect and, even if they couldn’t charge them let them know their stalking is being treated as a serious issue.

They could also have registered the victim for higher priority (some police forces here offer this) so she would have a direct number to contact in an emergency and officers would respond quickly.

But mostly they seem to just give the message to victims that nobody has their back. I can see how someone whose never been a victim of stalking would be indifferent to that, but I know someone who went through this and the system does not work at all for them and I think the police actually do need to do something of substance to protect them.

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The Japanese Police go through a lot of training so one has to wonder why this young lady was murdered after consulting with Tokyo's finest?

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Bullying on SNS might be a crime, but I don’t know. Is it?

Yes, it is. Stalking has been illegal since 2000 and the law was amended in 2017 to include online stalking.

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I think J-cops are not interested in doing much investigative work on cases involving stalking and are prone to just going through the motions and I also think they failed this young woman.

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J-police training manual: If one of those pesky citizens comes to you for help, please use the following list to determine if you should help them:

Does it interfere with your speed trap duties? If yes, decline request.

Does it interfere with your giving directions duties? If yes, decline.

Does it cause you to actually think about doing the right thing? If yes, decline.

Having lived in Japan for nearly 20 years, I have found the J-police to be as useful as a drop of water for a raging inferno.

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"both attended the College of International Relations of Nihon University in Mishima."

women live's matter
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KoKoro7:

Well, that may be, however:

They always managed to find my ex-wife's motorcycle every time it got stolen (3x). Finally sold it. That Good Cop in Shinjuku showed me how to get to a particular store I was looking for (Specialty Store; told me right where to go, found what I was looking for ), but not before BAD Cop interrigates me for "Why am I in Japan"...where's your PASSPORT (it was at a friends' apartment). Took me in and made my friend bring my passport to police station or they were going to run me in to Immigration Holding. Yup, nice guys, always friendly (that never happened in 20+ years of being in Japan, married or unmarried).

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Crikey

Realistically they could put a restraining order on him

On who? The article says she did not identify him. Do you expect the police to be mind readers?

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@Zaphod

"Hori, and Yamada were acquainted" 

"being stalked online"

Maybe she did not think it would be him

a little more clarification:

https://www.tokyoreporter.com/crime/shizuoka-man-20-accused-of-fatally-stabbing-university-student/

So many lunatics around in super crowded tokyo etc, you have to keep your head on a swivel

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@Zaphod

On who? The article says she did not identify him. Do you expect the police to be mind readers?

I think the article says the police did not reveal who she was talking about, not that she didn’t identify the person herself.

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Kokoro7; you forgot ‘Does it interfere with your profile cyclist, stop, ID, spend 30 minutes to check to see if it is actually yours. If yes, decline.’

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Have you noticed a connection with these stories? If you consult with the J Police, things happen to you.

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sigh............

Typical Japanese male stalker, has no idea how to interact with women. For some reason stalking and then attacking seems to be the answer in many cases. Where do they even come up with that strategy? Is that the "if I can't have her, no one can" thinking?

And then the police, (no surprise at all) come up useless, yet again. What do they even do all day/night?

Poor woman, she didn't need to die at all here.

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Numazu police said Yamada consulted them in January about being stalked online but did not reveal if Yamada was referring to Hori. Police said they gave her guidance on anti-crime prevention measures and did not hear back from her again.

This is what I don't get about the cozzers here! She went to the police for them to do their job (PROTECT HER), but just gave her some advice!?

Thats like going to the police in an emergency

Victim : Theres a man with a gun chasing me!

Police : Well......maybe you should run from him in that direction!

Victim : .................................

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The Japanese police generally seem more interested in solving crimes rather than preventing them.

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Cricky:

Realistically they could put a restraining order on him and arrest him should he break it.

The article says: Numazu police said Yamada consulted them in January about being stalked online but did not reveal if Yamada was referring to Hori.

How do you want them to put a restraining order on someone she does not identify???

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WilliB

That doesn’t actually say she didn’t identify the person.

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From today's reporting:

"Also on Monday, police said that Yamada consulted with them about an unspecified matter in January. “Due to privacy, we will not divulge the content [of the consultation],” police said in a statement.

However, police added that they would also not “release the name of the man,” implying that the consultation by Yamada involved a male acquaintance of hers.

Whether the two events are related is under investigation, police said. Unknown exactly what the circumstances were regarding any interaction with the police."

That she reported being stalked online via social networking sites is apparent - the details of such are unknown. What advice was given is impossible to judge. Many posts are conjecture and reveal a distaste for the police because of inconvenient encounters and suggest incompetence or dereliction. Anecdotally, there is reference to 'knowing' someone who was being stalked, exactly how that fits the scenario is uncertain and even if it was similar aka online. That there was no means employed to prevent a crime would require more than speculation. What is unfortunate is the murder of a young woman. If it was preventable those responsible should be called to answer. The police. The social networking sites. All and any. But, the ridiculous gestures that pass as judgement based on some peculiar understanding of policing in Japan are simply querulous.

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