Wow! Another wacko goes on a rampage and kills innocent people with a knife. Guns do not kill people in Japan, crazy people in Japan with knives kill people. The numerous murders by knife and weekly suicides via poison, gas, train, hanging, or jumping in Japan is a strong indicator that something is not right in the Land of the Rising Sun. People are sad and mad and I think that it is time for all to do more to understand why! By the way, I wish that the foreign press would stop spreading the myth that Japan is the one of the safest countries in the world. Maybe they should stop comparing nations with “guns” as the weapon of choice!
TOKYO, June 8 — Screaming as he randomly stabbed shoppers with a hunting knife, a 25-year-old man killed seven people and injured 11 others at lunchtime Sunday in a Tokyo retail district.
Tomohiro Kato drove a white two-ton rental truck into a crowd of pedestrians, running over at least three people and then emerging from the truck with a large knife, according to police and witnesses.
Indiscriminately slashing and stabbing as he went, Kato then ran and walked through the center of the Akihabara neighborhood, where thousands of young men from Japan and around the world gather for electronic gadgets and comic books, computer games and nerdy fellowship.
According to the police and hospital officials, six of the seven who died were males and aged 19, 20, 29, 33, 47 and 74. The other was a 21-year-old female.
“I am tired of life,” Kato later told police. “I came to Akihabara to kill people. It didn’t matter who they were. I came alone.”
Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, when it comes to violent crime. Strict gun-control laws make it difficult for most Japanese to own handguns. Here and here for the rest of the story.
For those studying Japanese, here is a video: