22-year-old man kills 1, injures 2 in rampage on Shinkansen train

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Ichiro Kojima is sent to prosecutors in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday.

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — A man was killed and two women were injured in a rampage on a Shinkansen bullet train on Saturday night, shortly after the westbound train departed from Tokyo Station.

Around 9:50 p.m., a passenger on the Nozomi No. 265 train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line made an emergency call to police, saying that there was a knife-wielding person on the train and people were bleeding. The assault occurred while the train, which was bound for Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka, was traveling on the section between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations, both in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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

The three people were sent to the hospital, but 38-year-old corporate employee Kotaro Umeda from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, died. He was slashed mainly in the neck.

The other two, both women in their 20s, suffered minor injuries in the head or shoulder, but were conscious.

The Kanagawa police arrested the 22-year-old male attacker, Ichiro Kojima, a resident of Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, at Odawara Station, where the train made an emergency stop, for the alleged attempted murder of the male victim. The prefectural police will investigate details, including his motive.

Umeda is believed to have been attacked when he tried to stop the suspect from assaulting female passengers with a hatchet-like weapon, police sources said.

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. Kojima said that he was not acquainted with the three victims. The police suspect that Kojima had a strong intent to kill.

The Kanagawa police will conduct an autopsy on the male victim to determine the specific cause of his death. There were dozens of wounds on and around his neck, the sources said.

The attack occurred in car No. 12 of the 16-car train, which was carrying some 880 passengers. The police seized a weapon when they arrested Kojima. Another weapon was found at the crime scene.

The suspect is believed to have boarded the train at Tokyo Station. He had a ticket to Nagoya Station in Nagoya.


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