Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man Arrested Over Deadly Japan Stabbing Spree


A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a knife attack on a Japanese bullet train that killed one person and left two injured.

The suspect, identified as Ichiro Kojima, attacked the victims around 10 p.m. aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka, Kyodo News reported. The Nozomi train was heading to Osaka from Tokyo.

Kojima was found lying on top of an unconscious man who had a knife through his thigh, police said.

Media reports said the suspect, a 22-year-old unemployed man, told police that he had acted out of frustration and that he did not know his victims.

Police are investigating the motive of the attack.

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Police said two female passengers in their 20s were injured in the neck and other parts of their bodies, though their conditions were not life-threatening.

The suspect told investigators that he felt "frustrated and wanted to kill someone", public broadcaster NHK said, adding that he used at least two knives.

Television footage showed some passengers desperately trying to escape to other cars.

Japan is known as one of the safest countries in the industrialized world and random violent attacks are rare. But in 2015, a passenger set himself on fire on one of the trains, killing himself and another passenger - an incident that prompted the installation of cameras in train carriages.

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