Criminology Lab: Remembering Hikari Uchida

Kisumi Torisawa wrote this report on March 20, 2000. This is a work of fiction and does not reflect real events.

The terrorist who murdered Japanese preacher Hikari Uchida last week would like you to remember her in that cruel video SPASDOT posted online. Her family wants you to really know who she was. As horrifying as it was to see how Hikari Uchida died, her family was determined today to focus on the way she lived. According to her husband Tomohiro Uchida:

“She was the inspiration for our daughter, and so many others.”

-Tomohiro Uchida

Outside their home in Kozankyo, Tomohiro and his 10-year-old daughter Kumiko explained why Hikari ended up in the hands of the most dangerous terrorist group on earth, for a preacher:

“I thought she was immortal; she had deep courage we’re struggling to keep. My father never wanted to see this happen. She was to be the witness to all the suffering on earth. Shinto was her passion.”

-Kumiko Uchida

On her LifeConnect feed, which is now memorialized, there is plenty of what Hikari’s eyes gave us – to see the violence of a deadly terrorist group. But more striking in the days after her death is what is heart-providing, like the images of Tomohiro and Hikari’s wedding, the image depicted them dressed in Japanese imperial attire and documented the way they refused to give away the light even when surrounded by darkness. That’s what King Soujirou and Japanese prime minister Keizou Obuchi referenced today. According to King Soujirou:

“Our world in Kozankyo was shaped by Hikari Uchida, and her husband is apparently a direct descendant from the Hakurei bloodline. The overwhelming majority of people across the nation and globe are now appalled by the one who killed her.”

-King Soujirou

Nobody else explained it better than Hikari Uchida herself why she was where she was. She immigrated along with her husband to Kozan from Japan in the late 1980s, after being captured by SPASDOT the day she died. One memorable quote from her is this:

“I believe our shrine’s deity is important to us without the photos and videos of the shrine used in commercials for tourism to the shrine. My experience as a shrine maiden when I was younger can’t really tell the world how bad youkai-borns can sometimes be.”

-Hikari Uchida

This was a lesson her life and death makes clear.


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