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December 12, 2005

Juku Student Murdered by Teacher

A 12-year-old Kyoto girl was stabbed by her juku teacher on Saturday and died later in hospital. The attack happened at the Uji Shinmei branch of Kyoshin, a major juku chain school, in a residential area of Uji City. Sayano Horimoto, a 6th grader, was stabbed by her 23-year-old teacher following a quarrel. The teacher called the police himself and was arrested for attempted murder, a charge later changed to murder when the girl died. Kyoshin is listed on the 2nd section of the Osaka Stock Exchange and coaches students in entrance exam preparation from junior high school to university level. The company also runs English conversation classes and dispatches home tutors. The case comes in the wake of several other recent child murders, but is particularly shocking for the millions of parents across the nation whose children attend jukus after school and at weekends, and who consider the cram schools as something of a safe haven for their kids.
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