The refers to the murder
of a 12-year-old Japanese
schoolgirl, , by an 11-year-old classmate. The murder occurred on June 1, 2004 at an elementary school
, Nagasaki Prefecture
, and involved the slitting of Mitarai's throat and arms with a utility knife
The killer's real name has not been released to the press, as per Japanese legal procedures
prohibiting the identification of juvenile
offenders, and Japanese police referred to her as "Girl A"
. Internet Archive
copy. Despite these measures, her name, Natsumi Tsuji (辻菜摘) was accidentally leaked by a television network, Fuji Television, via her drawings which bore her signature, but was shortly retracted.
The killer became the subject of an Internet meme
on Japanese web communities such as 2channel
. Users nicknamed her "Nevada-tan" because a class photograph showed a girl believed to be her wearing a University of Nevada, Reno
The 11-year-old schoolgirl murdered her 12-year-old classmate, Satomi Mitarai, in an empty classroom during the lunch hour at Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo. She left Mitarai's body at the murder scene and returned to her own... Read More