The Truth About Junko Furuta


    Junko Furuta endured 44 days of abduction and torture at the hands of over 100 individuals who raped her hundreds of times while also smashing her face and neck with clubs, hanging her from ceiling hooks, slamming clubs into her face and neck and beating her with iron rods.

    After she requested assistance, her captors used lighter fluid to douse her legs with fire before placing her body in a 55-gallon drum filled with concrete and leaving it for disposal by cement trucks.


    Kidnapping refers to the unlawful removal and transportation of an individual by force or against their will, generally for ransom, extortion or facilitate another crime; or just simply as a terrorizing action on behalf of another party.

    Bride kidnapping is one of the most prevalent forms of kidnapping and is widespread throughout Central Asia, the Caucasus region, and parts of Africa. Bride kidnapping may involve acts such as rape or sexual assault.

    Kidnapping someone in violation of state or federal law in the US is considered illegal. Kidnapping refers to any act which occurs against their will by physically taking someone away from their residence or forcing them into an area outside their jurisdiction.


    Torture refers to any use of physical force against someone for the purpose of inflicting pain or distress; this should never be practiced and can even constitute an offense against society.

    Junko Furuta‘s abductors subjected her to 44 days of sexual and psychological torture before killing her. To make matters worse, they inserted hot light bulbs, lit fireworks, bottles, scissors and other objects into her vaginal hair to cause severe burns and eventually caused her death.

    The boys also poured lighter fluid over her body and set her on fire multiple times; using cigarettes and lighters they burned her eyelids, genitals, arms, legs, clitoris and other body parts as well.

    Minato kept her body in a room on the second-floor of his house and, whenever any family members came over, she would pretend to be one of their girlfriends to prevent them from finding out her story.


    Murder is the deliberate killing of another individual without legal justification, whether by intent (malice aforethought) or through extreme recklessness. Under most common-law systems, there must be evidence of mens rea for someone to be charged with murder.

    Junko Furuta, 17, was brutally assaulted and tortured by four teenage boys in Japan before her body was later discovered stuffed inside a concrete drum.

    The boys raped her several times daily. Additionally, they forced her to masturbate in front of them and drink her own urine, in addition to pouring lighter fluid on her legs and setting fire to them; such heinous cruelty can only be comprehended with horror.


    Funerals are an opportunity to remember a departed loved one. Services typically feature a priest or minister delivering a homily, scripture readings, prayers, hymns and more in honor of the deceased and reflect upon their life, achievements and impactful legacy in society.

    Funerals typically take place in cemeteries, churches or funeral homes and depending on the religion of the deceased they may either be interred in an earth burial plot or cremated.

    Funeral ceremonies in Japanese culture tend to follow Buddhist beliefs and include wakes, burial of bodies, and an anniversary service led by a Buddhist priest.

    Junko Furuta’s funeral was an emotional yet peaceful affair. Her parents honored their daughter by giving her the high school diploma she would have been eligible to receive and the uniform that would have come with employment full-time employment.