Akihabara Stabbing Spree

Maybe Japan’s not so safe after all…

7 killed, 10 injured in Akihabara stabbing spree | The Japan Times Online

Seven people died and 10 others were injured after a man hit pedestrians with a truck and then stabbed passersby Sunday in broad daylight on a street in Tokyo’s busy Akihabara district.

Police arrested the man, Tomohiro Kato from Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, on the street and seized a survival knife he was carrying. The 25-year-old temp staffer at an auto component factory in the prefecture admitted to stabbing people with the knife, which had a 13-cm blade, from around 12:30 p.m., the police said.

“I came to Akihabara to kill people,” investigative sources quoted Kato as telling the police. “I am tired of the world. Anyone was OK. I came alone.”

Then again, stuff like this is so totally random, it defies explanation. It really could happen anywhere. But it’s scarier, somehow, when it’s somewhere you’ve been.

Please say a prayer for the victims’ families and friends.


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