It was on the evening of Feb 7 that the shouting was heard by neighbors in the residential town near the fishing port of Ishinomaki, Miyagi. Misa Nambu, 20, was demanding what her younger sister’s ex-boyfriend was doing at their home. Three days later, the 20-year-old and a visitor were fatally stabbed, and her sister Saya abducted by the same man.
The abductor, Mr A, and Saya Nambu had been in a relationship since 2008. When she found out that she was pregnant last January, they were both 17 years old. Their once happy relationship can be seen in A’s profile in a blog, where he proudly reports his girlfriend’s pregnancy, and talks about how he will protect her. But as reported in the media, A had violent tendencies.
A month after she found out she was pregnant, Saya made her first visit to the Ishinomaki police department for consultation on her boyfriend’s domestic violence. Between then and January this year, she had talked to the police 12 times.
According to Saya’s friend, “Of course she tried to end the relationship because she feared him. But as soon as she’d bring up the subject, he’d kick or punch her. At times she was hit with a dumbbell.” Shortly after such an incident occurred, A told a mutual friend: “I hit Saya. What should I do?” He would apologize several days later and ask for forgiveness, saying that he really loved her. “Despite the bruise on her face, she would forgive him. It was the same thing over and over,” recalls Saya’s friend.
It was a very typical case of domestic violence.
Last Oct 14, the teenager gave birth to a daughter. The young parents both commented in their respective blogs of their joy, referring to each other as "wife" and "husband," even though they were not legally married. Judging by the content written in the blogs, the two did not give the impression of a young couple, but mere adolescents with a baby of their own.
Why did the adults around them let this happen? The Nambu family consisted of the two sisters, their mother and grandmother. The father had been killed in an accident several years ago, while the mother was in poor health. In a sense, there wasn’t much parental supervision or guidance that the teenage girl needed. A, on the other hand, lived in a municipal apartment with his mother and two younger siblings. His parents had divorced, and neighbors say that the young and good-looking mother “had many friends.”
Both without a father figure, perhaps the loneliness had brought the two teenagers together. Saya’s sister Misa, though, felt uneasy about their relationship. Misa’s friend comments, “Early this year, she told A that she wasn’t going to allow him to see her sister any more. Knowing A, he must’ve threatened her in some way. She told me later that she was scared of him.”
The tragic incident happened in the early morning of Feb 10. With a 17-year-old accomplice, A entered the Nambu home, fatally stabbed Misa and a friend who happened to be staying over, injured another man and abducted Saya before fleeing the scene, leaving their 4-month-old baby behind.
Since his arrest, A has refused to say anything to the police about the motive of the crime he committed.© Japan Today