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Temp worker stabs 7 to death, injures 10 in Akihabara

NTV footage shows a police officer with a gun and baton facing the suspect in Akihabara.

Temp worker stabs 7 to death, injures 10 in Akihabara

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  • thedeath at 12:48 PM JST - 10th June

    we need a brave cops for the world safest country. ha ha, back home, we are not anywhere near being call the safest country in the world, but we never have to worry of the random rampage in public.

    anyway japanese is famous of the copycat behavior. you guy better watch out, remember that it is the safest place in the world!!!

  • westurn at 02:40 PM JST - 10th June

    Japantoday, time to update your headline here. This guy is not just any ol "Temp" worker, he is an auto component factory worker for "TOYOTA" !!! And it seems the straw that broke this camels back was something that happened at work... he couldn't find his work clothes ! WTF ! Is this ijime ? Is there more to the story than Toyota is willing to reveal ? I think so but I'm willing to bet my accusations will never see the light of day... Toyota will try to distance themselves from this guy as quickly as possible... and the media will follow suit. Wow, another black eye for Toyota !

  • yasaxikoo at 04:31 PM JST - 10th June

    who not trust one of many ways to release the press is to kill the innocent people!

  • GJDailleult at 05:07 PM JST - 10th June

    Moderators, regarding my post which you edited for being "not relevant", I was just responding to some of the comments made by other posters. The point was this. The fact that Japan has a relatively low crime rate and is a "safety" country has less to do with Japanese society and culture itself than it does the simple good luck in not having to deal with some of the issues that fuel crime in other places. But the common idea that Japan is simply inherently safer than other countries makes it easy for problems to be ignored. That's just my completely non-expert opinion of course, and if you think that is not relevant fair enough.

    Moderator: However, we have repeatedly requested that readers not make comparisons to crimes in other countries because they are not relevant to Japanese society.

  • timtak at 08:34 PM JST - 10th June

    So why are they doing it? Men, often with not too good employment situations with knives, stabbing people in public places.

    1) I think that "temmporary worker" is very relevant (apparently he was also under the impression that he was to be laid off). 2) He was of below average height. 3) While he did well academically till middle school (something of a model pupil) he flaked out after that. 4) He had a receding hairline at 25 in a country where there are adverts showing bald people as serious losers every evening on TV.

    In a country where the three H's (or kous) Height, High academic achievement and High salary are an explicit "condition" for many Japanese females, and baldness mab be beyond the pale, Mr. Kato may have percieved his lifetime changes of finding a mate as fairly low. C.f. the Japan times feature below, "Sexbecomes a luxury for working poor."

    Competative society uses testosterone to keep males plugging away at study for exams, overtime, and promotion, with promises which if unfilled, may have a tendency to find outlet in trajedies like these.

    Before I had time to post the above I see that Kato wrote...

    A person who is criticized is at least recognized to be a person who exists but I’m just ignored because I’m so ugly."....Kato also expressed his desire for a partner, which he apparently believed would never be fulfilled. ‘‘I’ve heard that you can only have a chance at having a romance until you’re 25 but I’ve passed that age. Admittedly, ugly guys do not have the right to enjoy any romance."

  • WilliB at 03:17 PM JST - 11th June


    " But if you think Japan will get safer, I am all for you! Hope it does. "

    I didn`t say I believe Japan will "get safer". I said I believe it remain the safest place. Anywhere in the West, societal disintegration is worse than Japan, most noticable in Europe, which has doomed itself with the massive muslim immigration it has allowed. Japanese society is ageing, but it is not self-destructing. Yes, there are nuts like this who make headlines, but they are just that: nuts, who make headlines. There are no "no go" areas in Japanese cities like there are in Europe now, and there won´t be.

  • dreamdrifter at 09:28 PM JST - 11th June

    If you look at crime statistics they will show that violent crime in Japan has been actually on a steady decrease. Japan is actually getting safer, despite incidents such as these and general media scaremongering.

  • GJDailleult at 11:45 PM JST - 11th June

    Dreamdrifter's comments are accurate, if you assume that Japanese crime stats are themselves actually accurate, ie. teenage sumo wrestler dieing of "natural causes" was just a one-off mistake. And anyways the issue is not violent crime, the issue is random, motiveless, violent crime. Just because overall violent crime is decreasing, it doesn't mean that random violent crime can't be increasing at the same time.

  • amerijap at 12:09 PM JST - 12th June

    It's not the matter of statistics of crime rate that gives us the degree of concern about the public safety. It is the sordidness of crime that will jeopardize the safety of public place when we see the series of indiscriminate violence, safety-hazard, life-threatening assault in a spate of time. Japan has been regarded as one of the most 'safe' countries in the world, yet recent horrendous violent crimes, including this heinous assault in Electronic Town, are now challenging us. Japanese society has turned itself into a semi-brave new world throughout the facilitation of high-tech media technology and popular culture. High-speed broadband internet, cell-phone, laptop, online blog, You-Tube, My Space, and so forth, have significantly affected people's life choices and decisions in their daily lives. It even allows some introverted folks who refuse to contact with people in a real world.

    What people see in Japanese society today is completely different from what people saw in the 1970s, in the 80s, and even, in the 90s. The government always needs to step up/modify its policy to provide a safe and secure public place, as our society will never stop changing its shape, year by year, decade by decade.

  • medievaltimes at 12:44 AM JST - 13th June

    Ask Japanese people about this crime/mental illness and common responses are--he is selfish...he needs to do his best...it is the influence of western culture...there is nothing that can be done...its regrettable...etc.

    Its laughable. Look how many people are alcoholics. Look how many people are anti-social. Look at the suicide rate. Look at the standard high school girl sexual fantasy among grown men. Look at the lack of basic social skills among the population.

    Japan really needs to look outside its borders for some modern psyhiatric practices.

  • medievaltimes at 12:52 AM JST - 13th June

    Mods - I know you say comparing crimes in other countries is not relevant to Japanese society. Minor crimes perhaps, but spree killings (which is what this crime was), serial killers, serial rapists and arsonists all have a similar criminal profile REGARDLESS of their nationality.

    Comparing this spree killers behavior/profile to another spree killer is very relevant to the discussion when it comes to establishing a motive.

  • isthistheend at 10:33 PM JST - 13th June

    I don't know how medieval times got through with the 12*44 comment, but I applaud it.

  • fldpi at 08:04 AM JST - 14th June

    IMHO psyhiatric pressures are simply inordinantly high these days. EVERYWHERE. We (humanity) need to somehow put the simple life first and this intense survival in perspective.

    Drop world population.. better distribution of the world's.. come onnn ABUNDANT bounty. Survival should be a no-brainer in 2008. Instead desperation drives people mad.

    PS GJDailleult, I don't think they have time to read every thread in context. Just in themselves. Else all of my fringe tangents would bring the entire internet to its knees. Best moderators on the net, and I'm not just kissing up. :)

  • keech2 at 07:34 PM JST - 14th June

    Here's a little something from the Mainichi about the cop who captured Kato. It's an interesting read.


  • Sarge at 10:19 PM JST - 14th June

    keech - Thanks for the link. Officer Ogino did his job very well.

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