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Japanese Teenager Escapes Captivity After 2 Years

Posted 3/28/2016 8:21 pm by

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Japan is known for a lot of things, but spacious apartments isn’t one of them.  Most people in Japan live in very close quarters with their neighbors, so I would imagine that there isn’t a lot of secrecy when it comes to what your friends and neighbors are up to, even if it’s in a ultra-polite society like Japan.  You’d think that keeping a teenager captive for two years would be next to impossible, but that’s not true.  A 15-year-old girl escaped from her kidnapper’s apartment after he failed to lock the door during a shopping trip.

The kidnapper, 23-year-old Kabu Terauchi, kidnapped the girl when she was 13.  The story made huge news in Japan at the time, but over the two years, things settled down.  Meanwhile, Terauchi moved from his apartment in Chiba near his university to another apartment in downtown Tokyo.  You’d think that he’d keep the girl chained up in the basement or a closet or something, but that’s not the case.  She stayed in his apartment under close watch, but they also left the apartment to travel, and clearly they moved at least once, so I wonder why she didn’t yell for help on one of those trips.

Then again, if Jeremy London can get kidnapped for hours and forced to do drugs, anything is possible.

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