10 Japanese Police / Crime Cases That Are Worth Their Own Movie


Several of the best crime and thriller movies are based on real events. And that’s what makes them so captivating. It’s easy for writers to create scary scenarios, but something just as exciting that happened in real life has a greater emotional impact and curiosity. There are many real police and criminal situations in Japan. If these incidents are featured in a movie, people who don’t know will consider it a fictional film. Here are ten of these criminal Cases that could possibly be turned into a movie:

1. The Teigin bank robbery (1948)

In Tokyo, a guy broke into Teigin Bank and stole 160,000 yen, killing twelve people in the process. To contain a local dysentery outbreak, the man reportedly pretended to be a health professional and handed out drugs to bank employees. He gave me a cyanide lacing drink.

The famous Japanese painter Sadamichi Hirasawa was arrested a few months later and sentenced to death. As there was no factual evidence against him, there are strong indications that he was not perpetrator. Even the complex sketch of the perpetrator did not resemble Hirasawa.

Hirasawa initially confessed to the offense, but later changed his mind, saying that he had been forced to confess through torture. Due to doubts about Hirasawa’s innocence, the ministers assigned to the case refused to sign it death warrant. Sadamichi Hirasawa wrote his memoirs during his 33 years in prison. He finally died in 1987 of natural causes.

2. The murder of Inejiro Asanuma (1960)

Asanuma was the leader of the Japanese Socialist Party and a famous politician. At that time, many Japanese criticized him for his passionate advocacy of socialism and outspoken support for the Chinese Communist Party.

October 12, 1960 young warlike a nationalist named Otoya Yamaguchi burst onto the scene during a televised political debate for the upcoming elections to the House of Representatives. He fatally stabbed the Asanuma wakizashi (a small sword usually worn in conjunction with a katana on the side). Yamaguchi tried to stab a second time, but security stopped him.

Millions of Japanese have witnessed the killings since the debate was filmed by the NHK television network. Yamaguchi was arrested in crime scenebut while in police custody he committed suicide.

3. Robbery for 300 million yen (1968)

December 10, 1968 300 million yen (equivalent to approximately $ 800,500 at the 1968 exchange rate) taken from the Nihon Shintaku bank office in Kokubunji, Tokyo, using the trunk of a company car. The money stored in the metal boxes was intended as a bonus for employees of the Toshiba Fuchu factory.

A composite portrait of the suspect, issued in 1968. AFP

A uniformed policeman driving to the police station motorcycle stopped the car of a bank employee on a road near Tokyo Fuchu prison. The employee then informed them that the ward manager’s house had been bombed and was informed that there was also a bomb in the service car.

crime scene

Four bank employees hid behind the security of the prison walls when a policeman checked under the hood of a car and saw smoke coming out of it. Then the policeman got into the vehicle and drove away, taking all the cash with him.

300 million yen robbery site

Further research revealed that the motorcycle is a popular white painted motorcycle, not an actual police motorcycle. Many people have been arrested but not found guilty; one arrest was even made under the pretext, and the officer making the arrest was charged with the authorities abused.

The statute of limitations for the crime ended in December 1975, but no one was ever caught or convicted of it. The thief is now free from civil liability since 1988. Therefore, it can occur without fear of legal penalties. No one has dared to speak up yet.

4. Attack on the Shinjuku bus (1980)

In 1980, a 34-year-old mentally ill man set fire to a bus by throwing a bucket of gasoline and a lit newspaper at it. The resulting fire left 14 passengers wounded and killed 6.

The person said they committed the act out of frustration after growing up in a brutal low-income environment. Despite the expectation death penalty, the man received a life sentence. In 1997 he committed suicide.

One of the victims, a woman who had barely survived life with third degree burns all over her body, forgave the man. She also expressed regret that she could not save him in the book she wrote about the incident.

5. The case of the murder of a high school girl in concrete (1989)

November 25, 1988 after class Junko FurutaA 16-year-old Japanese high school student was last seen on her way to work after school. She didn’t come home.

Junko and her torturers

Four young men under the age of 18 – Miyano Hiroshi, Minato Nobuharu, Watanabe Yasushi and Jo Kamisaku – were responsible for her kidnapping.

Junko was held captive for 44 days in the home of one of her captors, where she endured multiple rapes, beatings, tortures and was forced to eat cockroaches and urine. After hours of extra torture, during which she reportedly begged her torturers to kill her now, she left alone on New Year’s Eve in 1989.

The kidnappers placed Junko’s body in a concrete-filled oil barrel and then dumped it in reclaimed areas in Tokyo’s Koto district.

Jo Kamisaku was released in August 1999, but continued to face legal problems due to his ties to the underworld. By 2004, he was accused of attacking a friend and was given a 7-year term prison deadline. Although they were all teenagers at the time of the incident and all were tried as adults, the identities of the other three boys were kept secret by the court.

6. Gangland killing of policemen in Okinawa (1990)

In Okinawa, two bandits, Hideo Zamami and Takeo Matayoshi, shot and killed two policemen and five civilians. Zamami and Matayoshi mistook police officers for rival gangsters, which led to shooting incident.

Zamami was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. Matayoshi disappeared and was never arrested.

7. The Murder of Masaru Takumi (1997)

Masaru Takumi, second in command of Yamaguchi-gumi, greatest The Yakuza gang in Japanwas shot in a cafe on the fourth level of the Oriental Hotel in Kobe in 1997.

The atrocities were perpetrated by Nakano-kai, a rival gang and a faction of Yamaguchi-gumi. They all consist of gangsters Kouji Ishihara, Nakaho Kiyohara and Toriyabara Kiyoteru.

The incident also resulted in the death of an innocent witness, and subsequent investigation ultimately resulted in the death of Nakano-kai. destruction.

8. The Roppongi hostess murders

After the discovery in 2000 of the dismembered remains of British hostess Lucie Blackman, a prominent Osaka businessman Joji Obara was immediately arrested and charged with murder.

Joji Obara

Obara was also accused of killing the Australian hostess Carita Ridgeway and sexually assaulting six other women. She was found guilty of the other crimes but was not found guilty of the murder of Lucie Blackman due to lack of evidence.

9. The Sasebo Cut Incident (2004)

Satomi Mitarai, 12-year-old primary school school a student, was stuck to death with a box knife by a classmate. Since she was a minor, the suspect’s identity was kept secret, but Fuji TV inadvertently revealed her name: Natsumi Tsuji (the station showed some of the suspect’s drawings, which she signed with her name).

Photo of Natsumi Tsuji

When Natsumi Tsuji admitted her death, she said that Mitarai made insulting remarks about her beauty on her website. Since her published photo shows that she is wearing a Nevada sweatshirt, the suspect has become the subject of an online joke known as “Nevada Tan”.

Tsuji should have been released in 2013 as it’s legal this year adulthood age in Japan 20 years.

10. The murder of the mayor of Iccho Itoh (2007)

Iccho Itoh, Nagasaki’s mayor at the time, was shot in the back twice while running for his fourth term. Outside of Nagasaki train station, the incident took place.

Tetsuya Shiroo

Tetsuya Shiroo, high rank Yakuza from the Yamaguchi-gumi gang, he has committed a crime.

According to reports, Shiroo had a personal dislike of Nagasaki city officials when they disagreed with him after riding his car to the hole on the construction site in 2003. He is said to be resentful that his construction company does not receive any contracts from the regional administration.

Sushin-kai, the Shiroo gang, voluntarily split up after the incident, and Yamaguchi-gumi leaders refused to execute them.

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