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Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 18 years


Osaka prefectural police on Friday appealed to the public for any information that might help them find out what happened to a nine-year-old girl who went missing on May 20, 2003 in the town of Kumatori near Osaka Bay.

Usually, each year, police and support groups of Yuri Yoshikawa's family hand out posters at Nankai Electric Railway’s Nanba Station, but last year and this year were unable to do so because of the coronavirus. Instead, police have posted a video online asking the public for any information that might help them.

Yoshikawa is believed to have been abducted while she was on her way home from school. No trace of her has been found since.

During the past 18 years, police have followed up on thousands of leads and there is a 3 million yen reward offered for information concerning Yuri’s fate.

Police said the only tangible lead they have is that a Toyota Crown was seen driving away from the area where Yuri is believed to have been abducted, with a male driver and a young girl in the front passenger seat.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Izumisano police station at 072-464-1234.

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Yoshikawa is believed to have been abducted while she was on her way home from school. 

So sad. But unless a progression of the image is done, I unfortunately believe that no much could be offered as of IDing her after 18 years. Every time I see cases of little girls (or more rarely boys) abductions it causes me an odd feeling of hate for those involved in the possible crime and hope that nothing happened to them. I just would like to be reassured that she didn't fall victim to a 2nd Tsutomu Miyazaki. That man gave me the creeps. I hope (but doubt) that the money reward could make somebody break silence and find a clue. Best to her family dealing with this disappearance for so long.

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If she was my daughter, I would never give up. However, best case scenario is she is adult now living. Worst case....dead.

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A tragic situation.

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Sadly, this little girl is not the only one currently missing in Japan. These stories are carefully kept, by the media, from public eyes. Japan, with its millions of men fond on young, too young girls, badly need to implement a good grid of CCTV cameras covering every school and surroundings at the very least. In the UK cameras are everywhere and as well as being a good deterrent, they are of great help when looking to solve a serious crime. Japan does not do enough to protect its little girls !

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In the UK cameras are everywhere and as well as being a good deterrent, they are of great help when looking to solve a serious crime.

Yet you don't have to look far to find ugly data about child abduction in the UK.

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An articles comes up every year about this particular girl. Two things: one, are there no other abducted children worth reporting about? and two, sorry, but if she hasn't been found by now...

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18 years. Time to do an update of how she might look today, the technology is out there

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she is 27 years old now and I am hoping that she is strong enough to runaway of be able to contact the police, who ever kidnaped her as i always said there a special place in HELL for people like him or her.

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One must assume she's already gone. But then you hear about people escaping their captors after being locked in basements for years and wonder. Could be she's walking around outside but unable to leave because she's a still captive in her mind.

Poor girl. Poor family.

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parents--do not allow your children to wander unsupervised

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Yes, those old and colder cases…difficult to solve after so many years. Such things must be treated with full force at the time of occurrence. But nowadays, there are plenty of possibilities. A cheap proposal from me , you could give the children those cheap RFID chip containing tags and then let those be read when leaving home, reaching school and in between at all those drink vending machines. Those are probably to find on 99.999% of all ways to school, right? Technology is not only for businesses and space exploration, but beforehand better used for such important crime prevention. You can fly with helicopters on the Mars later, when you have saved your children.

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a significant amount of time has passed since then. You will need to update her photo to what she might look like now. She could be anywhere now thanks to the convenient public transportation system. At this point, we'd be relying on luck-- accidental witnesses or the honesty of the abductor's accomplice.

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