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article imageJapanese teen reportedly strangled and decapitated friend

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 28, 2014 in World
Nagasaki - According to reports a 15-year-old girl, name withheld due to being a minor, attacked Aiwa Matsuo with a blunt instrument. Allegedly she bludgeoned her friend into submission, choked her and finally decapitated her.
Police investigated reports last Sunday after the alleged assailant's parents noticed she had not contacted them. According to a report in the Japan Times investigators found the body of Matsuo badly beaten, strangled and missing her head as well as left hand. While the suspect visited her family regularly, this all happened in an apartment she lived alone in.
Reporting of the story has also had some unexpected twists as most outlets are receiving the information second-hand so the age of the suspect has fluctuated between 15 and 16. From what we have been able to gather from Japanese news it seems both girls were 15 years old.
Matsuo was reportedly friends with the alleged assailant. She had come over to hang out. Another friend interviewed by the times mentioned that the suspect showed signs of being emotionally unstable and often started crying when she had an argument with someone, and others say that the girl was very smart, with emotional ups and downs.
Japan has made the news many times for having a very high suicide rate among students. One student also attempted to stab his teacher this year. Other incidents such as the rape and murder of Lindsay Hawker stand out in the nation's history.
Many media commentators blame incidents such as this on the high stress level that the Japanese school system produces.
Some believe cultural and historical trends could be at the root of these problems. Educational focus changed the country as a whole but educators now seek to reform their system. According to those involved in the system they want to still improve results but also give students more freedom to lower stress levels.
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