Japan has a reputation for being one of the safest countries in the world, with a low crime rate compared to other countries. This safety is evident in everyday life, where people feel comfortable leaving their doors open and allowing their children to walk to school alone without fear of kidnapping or robbery.
However, it is important to note that Japan is not entirely crime-free and there have been instances of violent crimes that have shocked the Japanese and international community. One such case is the Nevada-Tan incident.
The Shocking Story Of Nevada-Tan
In 2004, an 11-year-old Japanese schoolgirl named Natsumi Tsuji, also known as Nevada-Tan, was charged with the murder of her classmate Satomi Mitarai. The incident occurred at an elementary school in Sasebo, Japan and involved the slitting of Mitarai's throat and arms with a box cutter.
Natsumi Tsuji was born on November 21, 1992 and was already known for her high grades and IQ of 140 at Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture by the age of 11.
Two Inseparable Friends Become Bitter Towards Each Other
Natsumi had an inseparable friend named Satomi Mitarai, who was 12 years old. The two had been friends for several years and were always seen together, but fate wanted their friendship to turn to hate, due to an argument over popularity.
By the time the two girls' friendship came to an end, Natsumi was already getting involved in violent Japanese films. Her favorite work was "Battle Royale", a film considered cultured, which recounts an unsustainable situation of youth violence. In the long storyline the Japanese government is forced to drop a group of students on an island, the young people have to kill each other.
It is not known for sure how much fictional stories influenced Natsumi, but the girl was increasingly distancing herself from her studies and withdrawing from her studies. Created a web page exclusively dedicated to the world of terror, extreme violence, violent hentai and gore entitled to mutilations, blood and eschatology. Remembering that she was only 11 years old.
Murder Of Satomi Mitarai
On June 1, 2004, Natsumi Tsuji led her classmate, Satomi Mitarai, to an empty classroom under the guise of playing a game. Once there, she blindfolded Satomi and, without saying another word, proceeded to cut her throat with a box cutter in a cold and calculated manner.
Not satisfied with this, the 11-year-old girl also inflicted several other cuts on Satomi's arms. She then returned to class as if nothing had happened, with bloodied clothes and hands. When her teacher noticed her appearance and the box cutter in her hand, an alarm was raised.
It was soon discovered that Satomi had been murdered, and the young killer was apprehended by the police. When confronted, Natsumi simply stated, "I did something wrong, right? I'm sorry."
Confession: Natsumi Conveyed Her Reason Behind The Killing Of Her Once Best Friend
Natsumi was arrested and taken to the police station where she spent the night. At first, she did not reveal the reason for her attack on Satomi, but eventually admitted to killing her because of comments Satomi had made about Natsumi's weight online.
Natsumi was tried on September 15, 2004 and sentenced to 9 years in a reformatory in the Tochigi prefecture. The Japanese government is usually very private about crimes committed by minors and did not allow the media to disclose Natsumi's name at the time. She was referred to as "Girl A" in the news. However, a journalist from Fuji TV accidentally or intentionally revealed her real name, which is Natsumi.
In the photo shown below, Natsumi (the assailant) is on the left and Satomi (the victim) is on the right, both labeled with a red arrow. In this photo, Natsumi is wearing a blue sweatshirt with the word "NEVADA" written in white letters (from the University of Nevada in Reno). This is where the nickname "Nevada-Tan" comes from, which means "little Nevada" in Japanese and refers to the inscription on her shirt. She is also sometimes called "Nevada-Chan." (NOTE: This photo was taken a few hours before the murder and is the last photo of Satomi alive.)
The 11-year-old assailant becomes a legend. Many people online worship the little killer in the Nevada sweatshirt.
The Nevada-Tan meme began to gain popularity on Japanese forums like 2chan. It was later discussed on other anonymous forums, leading to a widespread phenomenon involving several groups on the internet.
The Nevada-Tan meme eventually spread worldwide. The girl has gained virtual celebrity status and become a ghastly icon for disturbed teenagers across the internet.