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3 teens indicted over killing of 13-yr-old boy in Kawasaki

#The 18 year old boy's grandmother is Korean.

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150522p2g00m0dm018000c.html
May 22, 2015(Mainichi Japan)

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Prosecutors indicted three teenagers on Thursday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki, southwest of Tokyo, in February.

One 18-year-old boy deemed the ringleader in the case was charged with the murder of Ryota Uemura, and the other 18-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were indicted on charges of inflicting injuries resulting in death, according to the prosecutors.

The names of the three defendants are being withheld because they are minors.

The suspected ringleader allegedly stabbed Uemura in the neck multiple times, causing him to die of hemorrhagic shock.

In closed-door juvenile trial sessions at a family court earlier this year, the ringleader admitted to killing Uemura, while the two others pleaded innocence, sources close to the case said.
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3 Teenagers Indicted over Murder of Boy in Kawasaki
http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2015052100929
Jiji press(2015/05/21-21:32)
Yokohama, May 21 (Jiji Press)--Public prosecutors indicted three male teenagers Thursday over the high-profile murder of a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.
The three have been sent back to the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office by Yokohama Family Court, for criminal procedures.
An 18-year-old boy, seen as the leader of the group, was charged with the murder of Ryota Uemura. The other two, aged 17 and 18, were indicted on charges of bodily injury resulting in death. The three will be put on a public trial involving lay judges.
According to the indictment, the leader boy killed Uemura on the bank of Tama River around 2 a.m. on Feb. 20 by stabbing him in the neck repeatedly with a box cutter with the intention to kill.
The prosecutors office did not charge the other two with murder, determining that they had no intention to kill Uemura although they had a hand in the violence against him.
(2015/05/21-21:32)

Three teenagers arrested on suspicion of copying ISIS execution videos after murdered 13-year-old is found nearly decapitated in Japan
Brutalised and naked body of Ryota Uemura found in undergrowth
It was discovered near a river in Kawasaki, southwest of Tokyo
His neck had been repeatedly hacked at, apparently with a knife
Low-crime Japan has been captivated by the killing
Officials believe killers may have been inspired by gruesome Isis videos
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971587/Japan-police-arrest-teen-IS-inspired-killing.html
By Afp and Ted Thornhill for MailOnline
Published: 11:32 GMT, 27 February 2015 | Updated: 14:09 GMT, 27 February 2015

Japanese police on Friday arrested three teenagers on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggested was inspired by Isis executions such as those by Jihadi John.

The brutalised and naked body of Ryota Uemura was found in undergrowth near a river last Friday. His neck had been repeatedly hacked at, apparently with a knife, discovered nearby soaked in blood.

Low-crime Japan has been captivated by the killing, with media reporting every twist and turn in the investigation, including details of how the youngster's mobile phone was used to send a friend request on a messaging app around the time of his death.
Populist weekly Shukan Shincho reported the wounds appeared to indicate that whoever killed Ryota may have been trying to decapitate him.

'Some investigators suspect (the criminals) watched Internet videos showing the execution of hostages by Islamic State (IS) fighters and sought to mimic them,' the magazine said, quoting an unnamed source close to police.

Japan is still reeling from the brutal murder of two of its citizens - war correspondent Kenji Goto and his friend Haruna Yukawa - by Isis fanatics in Syria.

Kanagawa Police Department on Friday arrested an 18-year-old boy and two 17-year-olds, whose names were withheld because they are legally minors, on suspicion of murder, public broadcaster NHK and other media reported.
While a police spokesman declined to confirm the reports, investigators also obtained arrest warrants for two other teenagers over the murder in Kawasaki, an industrial city southwest of Tokyo, media said.

Junior high school student Ryota reportedly knew the suspects, and had been attacked by them previously, media said.

Violent crime is exceedingly rare in Japan and becomes very big news when it occurs.



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