He left no isho (遺書, suicide note), so his deepest feelings can only be guessed — first from his jisatsu (自殺, suicide) at age 13, and secondly from the testimony of dōkyūsei (同級生, classmates) elicited in a tardy and grudging school and police investigation into the case.

On Oct. 11, the boy’s body was found in the grounds of his 14-story apartment building. Tobiori jisatsu (飛び降り自殺, he had jumped to his death). He was a second-year student at Ojiyama chūgakkō (中学校, junior high school) in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. The school’s kōchō sensei (校長先生, principal) told a kisha kaiken (記者会見, press conference), “Ijime wa hāku shite inai (いじめは把握していない, So far as we know this is not a case of bullying).” The kyōiku iinkai (教育委員会, the board of education) denied an inga kankei (因果関係, cause-and-effect link) between ijime (いじめ, bullying) and 自殺. The three boys deemed the leading kagaisha (加害者, perpetrators) of what the victim went through said no いじめ had taken place, claiming: “Fuzaketa dake (ふざけただけ, We were just fooling around.”)

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