dscn2669.jpg Issei Sagawa fired a bullet through the head of Renée Hartevelt while she read a poem to him in German. He then proceeded to cut out Renée’s flesh, some of which he ate raw and others he fried in a pan.

He roams free in Tokyo, and is referred to as Sagawa-kun (kun means “young, cute and innocent” in japanese). He has appeared on television programmes and magazines, and has written a book on the gruesome murder he committed, which became a best-seller.

Lindsay Hawker was beaten and strangled, then stripped and buried in a bathtub of sand by Tatsuya Ishihashi. Friends of Lindsay had to pressure the police to have them investigate her disappearance. While eight policemen were at Ishihashi’s apartment where her body was found, her murderer walked away a free man.

The dismembered corpse of Lucie Blackman was found in a cave on the property of Joji Obara. Lucie’s head was encased in a concrete block. Her family had to force Japanese police to act on her disappearance. Obara had bought hacking tools and cement, but the recent trial of Obara in Tokyo found him not guilty of the crime.

What does this tell us? Do the Japanese have any sense of justice when it comes to crimes committed against foreigners? Do they care at all? How could a book on the gruesome murder of Renée become a best-seller? What explains their morbid fascination?

Where security is touted as one of the most positive aspects of living in this country, what reasonable explanation do the police have for their apathetic attitude? Lindsay did not come home for two days and did not show up for work. Anyone with a modicum of common sense should be alarmed.

Lucie was not found on the premises of a quiet old man tending to a vegetable garden. She was found on the property of a known rapist who laces the drinks of his victims in order to incapacitate them. The Japanese judge who acquitted Obara reasoned that there was no proof that Obara alone was responsible for her death. Is Obara considered innocent of the crime because there were others involved?

Weird is a soft word to describe this state of affairs. It is abnormal, aberrant, and disturbing that most Japanese seem to feel no sense of repugnance nor shame for crimes committed against foreigners.

Renée Hartevelt: The Cannibal of Japan
Lindsay Anne Hawker:
Tokyo Victim was Stripped, Beaten and Strangled
Help Us Get Justice for Lindsay
Lucie Blackman: How Family Forced Police to Act

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Where is Japan Heading?