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Two teens held for beating younger boy to death in Sakai


A high school boy in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, has died after allegedly being beaten by two older students, police said Wednesday.

The deceased, who has been named as 15-year-old Shota Hirayama, was attacked by two 16-year-old boys in a park in Sakai on Monday, police allege. TBS quoted officers as saying that Hirayama fell unconscious following the attack and later died from his injuries. Doctors believe the cause of death to have been a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Police say Hirayama's attackers, who are students at a vocational school, were in the year above him at junior high school and were acquainted with their victim, TBS reported. Police quoted the suspects as saying they beat Hirayama because "he was being disrespectful."

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They should be tried as adults, it seems minors can get away with murder in Japan.

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Let's see some teeth in the pursuit of justice in this case. Probably not, minors.

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I hope they do time of some sort, despite being minors. Vicious b'stards aren't decent enough people to be allowed to move among society at this point.

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I hope they're charged with murder and not on a charge of (bodily) injury resulting in death.

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Note that the killers went to vocational high school, but it seems that this kid went to a different (probably academic) high school.

The tragedy here is that even if these killers get 10 years in prison (unlikely... even 3 years in juvenile would be a stretch) they'll still get to reproduce and pass on their stunted IQs and sociopathic tendencies, whereas this brighter boy is dead forever and will never get to have kids and improve society.

So let's be fair, why not just castrate them? It'll reduce their testosterone levels and make society safer from them, and also balance the books in terms of two idiotic sociopaths never reproducing.

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RIP young Shota. May justice come down hard upon the boys who murdered you!.

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But of course murder isn't 'disrespectful' to the victim at all. As usual, a complete fail in terms of logic. The saddest part, young Shota's death aside, is that these guys will not face serious criminal punishment for their actions and will never learn. I hope, at the very least, they are sent off to reformatories and are severely 'disrespected'.

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Doctors believe the cause of death to have been a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

What they don't know? Didn't they do a CAT scan or MRI? You would think the injury was more like a subdural hematoma probably from being kicked in the head. As for the 2 perps, they obviously don't deserve respect and should be tried for murder.

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So...yet another display of violence in Osaka. What seems to be the issue here? Seems people are frustrated and have no fear of the law or retribution. Leave these "teens" alone with the parents of the victim for an hour and Ill guarantee they'll never do this again.

R.I.P little man. A young life cut too short. May your spirit soar and reunite with your ancestors. Peace young man.

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What did he say? Leave me alone...or...leave me alone you vocational school losers. I'm starting to feel that some Japanese people suffer from narcissistic personality disorder. Coupled with the cultural belief that you must respect your elders will easily lead to bullying and violence. Respect your elders sure, but f..k this BS about respecting your seniors.

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If the case goes to district court, the individual(s) will be tried as adults regardless of age. If it goes to family court you'll be charged as a minor. In post war Japan, 29 minors received death sentences of which 19 were executed. ( They wait till you turn at least 20 before the actual execution).

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I feel really terrible for shota and his family.

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A lot of nut jobs in Japan. Be careful and look after your kids. I see many bad apples at the schools and around town. The pain and anger this boy`s family feels...Wow!

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It wasn't enough to teach poor Shota a lesson on morlas for being disrespectful (define disrespect in this case), no!!! These disgraceful losers had to intentionally (beating his head till he bleed internally) murder him. Rip poor Shota!! My deepest condolences to his family.

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Being disrespectful? This reeks, and I'm sure there is more to the story than the media is letting out. These two "kids" viciously beat someone to death. Their rights should be second to that of the victim and the safety of those around them (specifically others in the school). This sounds like it could be "gang"-related. I hope they do some actual investigating and get to the bottom of this, and all those involve realize their actions have real consequences.

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They often do Kent. And they are protected from the public as well.

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Police quoted the suspects as saying they beat Hirayama because “he was being disrespectful.”

I didn't know little cowardly punks deserved respect..

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"Being disrespectful" is just a euphemism. What they really mean is that the younger boy refused to be shaken down by these two apprentice gurentai, perfecting the techniques they were surely going to bring to a life of crime.

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So once again the victim's name is released but not those who were arrested?

Japan, drop the age to 16 to be tried as adults. They'll get a slap on the wrists while a family suffers over the murder of their son.

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Let these 2 punks ROT in hell!!

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I hope the legal system sees that an example needs to be made of these two. And if they don't, then I hope someone else does. Savages

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I would give them each 20-30 years hard labour. They will probably just have some counciling for a few years and then get an identity change like "Sagakibara" from Kobe who now lives around Tokyo.

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This kind of news should and the consequences it brings for everyone, including the victims and their family, friends, etc, should be addressed at every school in an assembly of some sort.

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The two bullies have now ruined their lives and will have to live this with the rest of their life, shameful and such a waste on both sides... no one wins here!!!

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I hope these 2 scum murderers get the death penalty!!16?? A bit to young to hand?? No, they are scum and they did not have to kill this other kid, so they are now laughing and thinking about how one day they can become real yakuza??

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They should be tried as adults, it seems minors can get away with murder in Japan.

umm, the fact is they do

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Let's see how much respect they get in juvy......

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I didn't know rats deserve respect.

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Blaming video games always seems lame. We have had a rash of this sensless beatings byt younger guys in my village here in the States. These guys are too young. This is terrible!

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The dead kid may have said something like "I got into a good senior high and will go to college. You guys are now just in vocational school and you''re going to be car mechanics for the rest your life. Ha Ha!"

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To be fair, Bodily Injury resulting in death is accurate. According to the article, the victim wasn't even unconscious when the punks were finished - he fell unconscious later and then bit the dust. So it is reasonable to believe that the punks were really intending only to "rough" the nerd around a little. Not something to be let off lightly to be sure. A prison sentence is certainly appropriate, but a murder charge is belittling a greater crime - this is probably not even a manslaughter where "bodily injury resulting in death" is a division.

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The sooner Japan and Korea get rid of this antiquated, artificial cultural demand for respect, the better. Respect should be earned, not expected simply because you are older. So sad for the teen and his family; hope the authorities deal appropriately with the thugs who inflicted this violence.

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