Stabbing spree

10 Jun

Yesterday morning (Monday) on the news, they said that on Sunday, a 25 year old man drove a rental truck into a pedestrian-only street in the 秋葉原 (Akihabara electronics district) section of Tokyo to purposely hit people who were walking on the street.

Then he stopped the truck, got out and stabbed seventeen random people, killing 7 of them!

The police caught him and he told them that he was abused by his father during his childhood and he was sick of the world and wanted to kill people…any people.

It’s a tragedy and, luckily, not something that happens often in Japan…although the crime rate has gone up in recent years. But Japan is still one of (if not the) safest countries in the world.


On a different note…the rainy season has begun in Japan about a week ago.

It’s been raining alot…but today was especially bad! It started out a warm, slightly overcast day and it rained a little bit on and off throughout the day. Just light sprinkling, though.

But then, at about 5:00PM, it started to rain really hard with thunder and lightning!

2 Responses to “Stabbing spree”

  1. Mb June 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    That’s horrible! Sounds like a very disturbed person to put it mildly.

    Sorry to hear about the rainy days, although I know sometimes it’s nice to have rain. Here in Dallas it seems to storm heavily when it does at all, complete with the kind of crashing thunder that makes you literally jump.


  2. sfrunner June 10, 2008 at 10:30 am #

    tokyo5, you’re correct. Tokyo and the country of Japan is definitely the safest I’ve visited. Tokyo is definitely clean for a big city. That was one of the biggest things I noticed while being there.

    I celebrated my 50th birthday there in 2001 and only one of the eight days I was there (December) was rainy with temps being 11-14C during the day.


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