Japanese Teenager Murdered In Brutal Fashion

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A gruesome murder took place in Sasebo, Japan over the weekend.

On Sunday, authorities found the dead and dismembered body of 15-year-old school girl Aiwa Matsuo. Matsuo’s body, which was found in the apartment of her suspected killer, was missing the head and left hand.

The suspect's name has not been released, though police confirm it was a 15-year-old classmate of Matsuo’s.

Matsuo allegedly went out with friends on Saturday night and failed to return home. Her parents grew worried and reported her missing, and police were able to track her to the suspected killer’s apartment.

The suspect confessed to police that she delivered multiple blows to Matsuo’s head with a metal tool before dismembering her. She has not yet elaborated on a motive for the crime.

As the Sydney Morning-Herald notes, violent crime is relatively rare in Japan. The country only sees 0.3 homicides per 100,000 people. For some perspective, the United States’ homicide rate is over 10 times higher at 4.8 homicides per 100,000 people.

Sources: The Sydney Morning-Herald, Wikipedia