Akihabara massacre

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Akihabara massacre
The crossing in Akihabara shortly after the incident.
LocationAkihabara, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°41′59″N 139°46′17″E / 35.69972°N 139.77139°E / 35.69972; 139.77139
Date8 June 2008
12:33–12:36 (JST)
Attack type
Mass murder, stabbing
WeaponsTruck, dagger
PerpetratorTomohiro Katō

The Akihabara massacre (Japanese: 秋葉原通り魔事件, Hepburn: Akihabara Tōrima Jiken) was an incident of mass murder that took place on 8 June 2008, in the Akihabara shopping area in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.

The attacker, 25-year-old Tomohiro Katō (加藤 智大, Katō Tomohiro),[1] drove into a crowd with a rented truck, killing three people and injuring two at first. He then stabbed at least twelve people using a dagger, killing four other people and injuring eight.[2][3][4][5]

Katō was sentenced to death by the Tokyo District Court in 2011.[6] He was executed on 26 July 2022.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 秋葉原通り魔:加藤容疑者を殺人未遂容疑で送検. The Mainichi Newspapers (in Japanese). 10 June 2008. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
  2. Dolan, David (8 June 2008). "Man stabs shoppers in Tokyo street, killing seven". Reuters. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  3. Masters, Coco (9 June 2008). "Japan Reeling from Stabbing Spree". Time. Archived from the original on 10 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2008.
  4. 4人、一突きで失血死 容疑者に強い殺意 秋葉原殺傷 (in Japanese). The Asahi Shimbun Company. 10 June 2008. Archived from the original on 13 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  5. 秋葉原殺傷:通行人を次々襲い交差点縦断…殺人で再逮捕. The Mainichi Newspapers (in Japanese). 20 June 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2008. [dead link]
  6. "List of Defendants Who Are Under Sentence of Death in Japan". Japan Innocence & Death Penalty Information Center. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  7. "Assailant in Tokyo's Akihabara fatal rampage executed". The Japan Times. 26 July 2022.