• Kyodo


A 20-year-old man and his parents were given a court order Tuesday to pay 89.1 million yen in damages to the parents of a teenage girl he stalked and murdered in 1999.

The man, who was a minor when he killed high school student Hanae Nagatani of Nishio, Aichi Prefecture, is serving a prison sentence.

Nagatani’s parents have said they decided to sue for 100 million yen in damages because there was “no sincere apology” from either the killer or his parents, even after his indefinite prison term was finalized in May 2000.

The girl’s father, Hiroshi, said he wanted a public apology.

Presiding Judge Yoshihiko Iwata of the Okazaki branch of the Nagoya District Court denounced the motive for the crime and said the victim’s parents have suffered severe anguish.

Yoshihiko ruled that the man’s parents were also liable because they “failed to pick up on the initial signals of an impending serious crime, paid no heed to them and neglected their obligation to supervise (their son).”

The son had asked Nagatani to go out with him when they were in their third year of junior high school, but she refused. He then began stalking her and making prank calls. On Aug. 9, 1999, he stabbed her to death while she was on her way to school.

The Nagatanis maintained throughout the trial that the killer was responsible for his actions, and his parents were also liable because they failed to properly supervise their son.

The perpetrator had argued that the amount demanded by the victim’s parents was too high. His parents said their lack of supervision was not to blame for the killing.

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