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New_comer
06-08-2008, 10:51
They should think about banning knives this time...



7 dead in stabbing spree in downtown Tokyo

By SHINO YUASA, Associated Press Writer Sun Jun 8, 9:12 AM ET

TOKYO - A man who police said "was tired of life" drove into a crowd of pedestrians Sunday and then went on a stabbing rampage in Tokyo's top electronics and video game district, killing seven people and wounding 10, authorities said.
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The deadly lunchtime assault paralyzed the Akihabara neighborhood, which is wildly popular among the country's youth. The killings were the latest in a series of grisly knife attacks that have stoked fears of rising crime in Japan.

A 25-year-old man, Tomohiro Kato, was apprehended in the attack, authorities said.

"The suspect told police that he came to Akihabara to kill people," said Jiro Akaogi, a spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. "He said he was tired of life. He said he was sick of everything."

News reports said the man crashed a rented, two-ton truck into pedestrians, then jumped out of the truck and began stabbing the people he'd knocked down before turning on horrified onlookers.

The attacker grunted and roared as he slashed and stabbed at his victims on a street crowded with Sunday shoppers, reports said.

"He was screaming as he was stabbing people at random," a witness told NHK.

A witness told NHK the suspect dropped the knife after police threatened to shoot him. An amateur video filmed by a mobile phone showed policemen overpowering the bespectacled suspect.

Police confirmed seven deaths six men and one woman but they could not say whether the victims died from injuries from the truck or were stabbed to death.

At least 17 ambulances rushed to the scene, with TV footage showing rescue workers tending to victims in the street.

Another amateur video taken five minutes after the rampage showed shoppers helping the victims and a man screaming, "Ambulance, Ambulance!" according to NHK.

Akihabara district, known as Electric Town, is wildly popular with Japan's cyber-wise youth.

Once rare, stabbing attacks have become more frequent in Japan in recent years as violent crime has increased.

In March, one person was stabbed to death and at least seven others were hurt by a man who went on a slashing spree with two knives outside a shopping mall in eastern Japan.

In one of the worst attacks, a man with a history of mental illness burst into an elementary school in Japan in 2001 and killed eight children. The killer was executed in 2004.

Poodle
06-08-2008, 18:37
Sad. Was in Japan last month lang.

bulm540
06-08-2008, 19:19
time to ban knives. See, if there was a civi with a Concealed weapon, he could have been stopped. Just my 2 cents.

bikethief
06-08-2008, 19:47
Ban knives? How will they slice their sushi?:supergrin:

bulm540
06-08-2008, 22:48
Oh no don;t ban knives then!!!:rofl:

Sweater
06-08-2008, 23:36
I lived in Japan for #3 years in the 80's, and all I can say is Japan is the most peaceful country I lived ,handsdown,sadly to say even Japanese Cops dont carry sidearms,they should learn from this ,that people can snap anytime.----Sweater

chowchow
06-09-2008, 05:58
Galeng nang Hapones sa blademaking. Unfortunately this guy fulfilled his Hentai fantasy .

MRV_G17
06-09-2008, 06:49
I lived in Japan for #3 years in the 80's, and all I can say is Japan is the most peaceful country I lived ,handsdown,sadly to say even Japanese Cops dont carry sidearms,they should learn from this ,that people can snap anytime.----Sweater
Larry, they carry sidearms. its a revolver in 22cal :supergrin:
I was suppose to go there yesterday after the mass but good thing I went home straight.

'daming case dito na ganyan. actually last year, same date (6.8.2007) there were same case too. 3 casualties naman. this incident ang record breaker kasi 7 ang nadale. good thing nadampot agad yung suspect.

so far, kahit meron mga ganitong incidents, i would say na safe pa rin dito:)
yung isang BoG na dumadalaw dito panay uwi madaling araw sa hotel nya. ewan ko baka nasa Roponggi na naman yun :supergrin:

paging MISTAH, susumbong kita sa misis mo paguwi ko pinas :rofl:

DA_NINJA
06-09-2008, 09:52
Tsk , tsk, tsk..... iba na talaga mundo, when I was living in Japan for 13 years no such thing happened... sana wag maulit for my vacation trip next year........ hilig ko pa namang mamasyal sa Akihabara, Yurakicho area

anticentipede
06-10-2008, 21:58
please post the vids.

the incident was caught on video by cameras.

darwin25
06-10-2008, 22:32
Not the first one Japan. There is Mamoru Takuma who stabbed and killed 8 children and injured 13 other children and 2 teachers in Osaka

9MX
06-11-2008, 00:25
Oh no don;t ban knives then!!!:rofl:

and then wackos would resort to clubs, back to the stone age:upeyes:

Clusterbomb
06-11-2008, 02:03
What's happening to Japan? Too much work stress? The price of being modern, eh?

In the 80s, the famous writer Yukio Mishima did something more dramatic than just stabbing random pedestrians in Akihabara.

When he got fed up with life (because he finally realized he would probably never see a miltarized Japan again) he held a general hostage in an Army camp and tried to rouse up a coup. But he was simply jeered and booed by the amused troops.

Losing face, he shut the windows and committed ritual seppuku. Too bad his alalay botched it because he failed to cut Mishima's head off in the prescribed, honorable way- with one clean blow that would still leave the head hanging from a sliver of flesh and skin. Probably nervous, he whacked away with several blows but still didn't achieve the desired effect. It was a mess!