Man held over deadly Japan shinkansen stabbing spree

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

The 22-year-old assailant, named by authorities as Ichiro Kojima, was arrested late Saturday after police stormed the train when it made a stop at Odawara station west of Tokyo. A man in his thirties was killed in the assault and two women in their twenties were wounded.

Odawara police official Satoshi Oiye said the suspect admitted to police that he had attacked the passengers.

The stabbing occurred last night on board a Shinkansen train travelling from Tokyo to Osaka.

The other two, both women in their 20s, suffered minor injuries in the head or shoulder, but were conscious. Police are continuing to investigate his motives, Oiye said.

Umeda's family issued a statement through a lawyer, saying, "We do not have words to express the sorrow of suddenly losing a loved one".

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Kojima had two knives in his possession when he was apprehended.

"Some of the passengers were crying as they were running to other coaches, shouting "Just keep going ahead" and "(the suspect) has a knife". She had called his mobile phone several times recently but was unable to talk with Kojima directly.

In 2015, a man set himself ablaze on board a moving bullet train, killing himself and a woman in an unprecedented incident. A female passenger was also killed and more than 20 people were injured as the fire and smoke spread throughout the carriages.

Japan's Shinkansen trains are known for their speed and safety.

According to the Kanagawa prefectural police and other sources, three passengers on the train were attacked.

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