Akihabara Massacre
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Posted 6/10/08 , edited 6/10/08
OK, maybe I'm a little late in noticing the news. But I'm just curious what you guys think about it. If you have any opinion at all, let's talk about it.


Not too long ago there's also another massacre in Virginia (the Virginia tech massacre). The perpetrator is similar, a nerdy friendless bespectacled man driven to the edge.

I haven't watched Higurashi Naku Koro ni or School Days or whatever, but I can imagine it's quite violent from the way people talk about it.

Is it just me, or the society is becoming more and more violent as we speak?

For anybody too lazy to click the link:

The Akihabara massacre (秋葉原通り魔事件, Akihabara Tōrima Jiken?) was a stabbing spree which occurred in the Akihabara electronics, video games and comics shopping quarter of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan on June 8, 2008. At about 12:30 p.m. JST, the assailant attacked a crowd with his vehicle, running over three people,[1] then stabbing at least 17 people using a dagger (initially erroneously reported as a survival knife[2]), killing seven people.

The Tokyo Police arrested Tomohiro Katō (加藤智大, Katō Tomohiro?) on suspicion of attempted murder. [Katō, 25, is a resident of Susono, Shizuoka. Dressed in a black T-shirt with a jacket and off-white trousers at the time of the attack,[10] he was held at the Manseibashi Police Station[11] until being transferred to the Tokyo prosecutor's office.


Reports say a white two-ton Isuzu Elf rental truck struck a crowd in the crossing of Chūō-dōri and Kanda Myōjin-dōri, two major streets in Akihabara.[12] On that Sunday—a practice since 1973 on Sundays and holidays—Chūō-dōri was closed to vehicular traffic for the convenience of shopping pedestrians while Kanda Myōjin-dōri remained open to traffic. Multiple witnesses stated the truck came to a stop after traveling about 30 meters (100 ft); a man then left the truck and started screaming and stabbing passersby. He dropped his knife and was subdued by police and bystanders only after a police officer pointed a gun at him.

The victims

At least 17 ambulances rushed to the scene as passersby tried to revive the victims. Five of the victims reportedly went into cardiac arrest at the scene.[16] Two people died from the attack initially, and during the day the death toll increased to seven. Autopsies later determined that three victims died as a result of being struck by the truck while the other four were fatally stabbed.[17]

According to police and hospital officials, six of the seven who were killed were men, including Kazunori Fujino and his friend Takahiro Kamaguchi (both 19), Katsuhiko Nakamura (74), Naoki Miyamoto (31), and Mitsuru Matsui (33). A woman, Mai Muto (21), was also killed.[18] A makeshift memorial was created by passersby later that day.[19]

Katō was president of a tennis club in middle school and an excellent student at a top high school. He started to act violently at home after enrolling at Aomori Prefectural High School.[20] His class academic ranking fell to 300 (of 360 students) and he failed university entrance examinations, eventually training as an auto mechanic. He was hired as a temporary worker at an auto parts factory in central Shizuoka prefecture, though he was recently told that his job was going to be cut at the end of June.[20]


Three days before the attack, on June 5, Katō accused people at his workplace of hiding his overalls, and left work immediately afterwards. It appears that he thereafter believed he had been fired from his job, although this was not actually the case. It has been speculated this may have triggered the attack.

The suspect apparently posted messages on Internet forums revealing his intentions, posting his last message via his mobile phone 20 minutes before the attack.[23] A police official stated the first message read, "I will kill people in Akihabara." Other messages he is alleged to have posted include, "If only I had a girlfriend, I wouldn't have quit work," "I would never have become addicted to my mobile phone. Anybody with hope couldn't possibly understand how I feel,"[24] and "I don't have a single friend and I won't in the future. I'll be ignored because I'm ugly. I'm lower than trash because at least the trash gets recycled."[20] Later messages revealed his plan to use a vehicle until it became inoperable, and then to use a knife to continue the attack on foot
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Seriously with something as major as this, you really should use the search ESPECIALLY because you're rather late on it.
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Duplicate as reported.

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