Deadly knife attack on Japanese bullet train

Blanche Robertson
June 12, 2018

A knife-wielding man stabbed and killed one person and injured two others on a Japanese bullet train, police said on Sunday.

The attack occurred at about 9:50 pm, soon after the Tokaido Shinkansen line train left Tokyo Station.

Police say they arrested a suspect after the train made an unscheduled stop late on Saturday at Odawara station following an emergency call.

In police questioning, Kojima admitted carrying out the assault, saying that he did it because he was feeling frustrated and that he randomly attacked people on the train, according to the sources.

The other two victims are women in their 20s, and suffered from injuries to their heads and shoulders, among other areas, the Sankei Shimbun said, adding that their conditions have stabilised. Police are continuing to investigate his motives, Oiye said.

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Police detained the suspect after storming the carriage when the vehicle stopped at Odawara station.

Witnesses said passengers were in tears as they attempted to flee in panic.

One female passenger told broadcaster NHK: "Everyone fled and fell like one domino after another".

After being hospitalized to treat a mental illness, he started working in Okazaki but left the woman's house, where he had lived with her since around the age of 20. The train was carrying more than 800 passengers at the time of the incident. There were around 880 passengers aboard the Nozomi 265, the day's last train bound for Shin-Osaka, according to Central Japan Railway Co., also known as JR Central.

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