“Safe” Japan – 7 people killed in Akihabara

Most anime otaku know about Akihabara.  It’s otaku heaven – between the electronics, anime, maid cafe’s and stores selling things related to all of the above, you can’t go wrong in Akihabara.

And most of us know that statistically Japan is incredibly safe.  But then you read articles like this one that remind you nowhere is 100% safe.

From Khabrein.info:

TOKYO, June 8 (KUNA) — Seven people were killed and 11 others were wounded Sunday in central Tokyo after a man hit pedestrians with a truck and stabbed them with a knife.

The incident took place around 12:30 p.m. (03:30 GMT) in the Akihabara district, a busy shopping area known as “electric town” and a center of Japanese subculture, which are popular among young people, comic and animation fans as well as foreign tourists.

Police arrested the man, 25-year-old Tomohiro Kato from Shizuoka Prefecture, eastern Japan, and seized a survival knife he was carrying.

Kato told police that he came to Akihabara to kill people. “I am tired of the world. It didn’t matter whom I would kill,” he said, according to a police spokemsan.

According to witnesses, Kato ran away from his truck after hitting several pedestrians and started stabbing people at random.

The Akihabara attack occurred on the seventh anniversary of a stabbing spree by a man at Osaka’s elementary school in 2001, which left eight children dead.


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