The murder case happened in Fujisato, Akita beginning of April. 9 year-old girl, Ayaka Hatayama was drowned at the river. Police concluded her death as accident, but her mother doubts the judge because she knows that Ayaka doesn’t like water, and it is unusual that Ayaka approached to river by herself. Ayaka’s mother started to distribute fliers which has Ayaka’s picture on it, and the papers say “tell me whatever you know about my child”.
After 38 days since the accident, 7-year old boy, Gohken Yoneyama was murdered by someone at the same town, Fujisato. He was found at the same river where Ayaka was drowned. According to the result of court-ordered autopsy, Gohken’s neck was wringed by something like rope and he choked to death.
This two children death in the same town within 2 month terrified Japan. The reason is that Ayaka and Gohken had good relationship and they played frequently in a park near their house. Moreover, their house is next of one. They are neighbors but one.
Fujisato is located in north Akita (I live in south Akita), and is very famous for Shirakami mountainous region which is resisted as World Heritage. It is very small, quiet and peaceful town. When these things happened, everyone in Japan was astonished at the countryside murder case, and people started to think that the two children death might be related.
The culprit wasn't found for 18 days. However, the murder was revealed the day before yesterday. That was Ayaka’s mother, Suzuka.
Suzuka admired the fact she left Gohken’s body near river, but she says she didn’t kill him. Police haven’t found Suzuka’s motive yet, and they try to search the relation between Gohken and Ayaka's case.
There is a proverb, “Life is stranger than fiction”. This children death surely stands for the proverb which terrifies people in Japan. This murder case hasn’t finished yet, and I just hope the same things won’t happen in the future.