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June 8, 2001 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A knife-wielding man burst into an elementary school in Osaka this morning, killing at least eight first- and second-grade students and injuring at least 21 other pupils and faculty, police said. Although crime has been on the rise in recent years in Japan, the massacre deeply shocked this nation, which outlaws guns and generally is considered so safe that parents let their 6-year-olds ride the subway alone to school.
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June 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
A woman with a kitchen knife forced her way into a Tokyo kindergarten and slashed a teacher before fleeing Tuesday, less than two weeks after a man stormed an elementary school and stabbed eight children to death. The teacher, a 23-year-old woman, was cut on her hands and leg before the attacker fled, Japanese police said. The teacher's injuries were minor. The school was not yet open for the day and there were no children near the school's back gate, where the early-morning attack occurred.
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May 26, 1992 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a defiant letter written Monday from the hospital bed where he is recovering from a Mafia-style stabbing, film director Juzo Itami called on the Japanese public not to back down in the fight against gangsters. " Yakuza (gangsters) must not be allowed to deprive us of our freedom through violence and intimidation, and this is the message of my movie," wrote Itami, one of Japan's most popular filmmakers.
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June 8, 2001 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A knife-wielding man burst into an elementary school in Osaka this morning, killing at least eight first- and second-grade students and injuring at least 21 other pupils and faculty, police said. Although crime has been on the rise in recent years in Japan, the massacre deeply shocked this nation, which outlaws guns and generally is considered so safe that parents let their 6-year-olds ride the subway alone to school.
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October 12, 1997 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attacker buzzes down these peaceful suburban streets on a bicycle, and when he sees a child, he slashes. In the past three weeks, the cyclist, described as a young man with dyed hair who is perhaps of high school age, has descended on seven children in Soka, a pleasant bedroom town about 10 miles north of Tokyo. Three elementary school pupils were stabbed with a knife-like object, and a fourth girl was punched in the face. Three children escaped unharmed.
NEWS
February 16, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a Navy that was not supposed to have gay sailors, the subject of homosexuality has an unusual familiarity in this otherwise quiet family community of 3,000 Americans at the Navy base here. Nearly everyone recognizes its existence in their midst. But in the aftermath of the killing of a self-acknowledged gay sailor Oct. 27 and President Clinton's move to officially approve the presence of gays and lesbians in the armed forces, the subject has become sensitivity issue No. 1 here.
NEWS
January 30, 2000 |
As part of its campaign to clean up its image, the cult accused in the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo subways offered Saturday to pay $1.14 million a year as compensation to the victims. Tatsuko Muraoka, who replaced Shoko Asahara as guru of the Aum Supreme Truth cult this month, said several tens of thousands of dollars will be paid to the victims immediately.
NEWS
July 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two pieces of metal were fired from small steel pipes toward a U.S. military base on the outskirts of Tokyo in what Japanese police suspect was attempted sabotage by leftist radicals. There were no reports of injuries or damage inside or outside Yokota Air Base, although one projectile landed near a runway. Police were still searching to find out where the other landed.
NEWS
September 3, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A Tokyo court ordered apocalyptic cult guru Shoko Asahara and two of his top followers to pay nearly $7.5 million in damages to victims of last year's nerve gas attack on the city's subways. It is unlikely the money will ever be paid, because the Aum Supreme Truth cult has been declared bankrupt and ordered to disband. Regardless, survivors of the attack, which left 11 dead, consider the ruling a legal victory that could set a precedent for other civil lawsuits against the cult.
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January 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Three homemade shells fired from a van smashed into a five-story police station and broke seven windows Monday night, but no one was hurt, a police official said.
NEWS
July 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two pieces of metal were fired from small steel pipes toward a U.S. military base on the outskirts of Tokyo in what Japanese police suspect was attempted sabotage by leftist radicals. There were no reports of injuries or damage inside or outside Yokota Air Base, although one projectile landed near a runway. Police were still searching to find out where the other landed.
NEWS
May 18, 2000 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The boy was a psychological prisoner of war held captive by his own classmates. And it happened in a country considered so safe that 6-year-olds routinely take the subway to school alone. The 15-year-old victim, repeatedly tortured with burning cigarettes and beaten so badly that he was hospitalized twice, wound up forking over half a million dollars to his teenage tormentors to keep them at bay.
NEWS
January 30, 2000 |
As part of its campaign to clean up its image, the cult accused in the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo subways offered Saturday to pay $1.14 million a year as compensation to the victims. Tatsuko Muraoka, who replaced Shoko Asahara as guru of the Aum Supreme Truth cult this month, said several tens of thousands of dollars will be paid to the victims immediately.
NEWS
December 18, 1997 | Associated Press
At least 60 passengers on a packed commuter train were taken to hospitals with eye and throat pain this morning after a group of alleged pickpockets sprayed tear gas to escape from undercover police, authorities said. The five pickpockets, some wielding knives, escaped, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said. No one was seriously injured, but panic swept the subway system, which was the target of a sarin gas attack that killed 11 and sickened 5,500 in 1995.
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October 12, 1997 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attacker buzzes down these peaceful suburban streets on a bicycle, and when he sees a child, he slashes. In the past three weeks, the cyclist, described as a young man with dyed hair who is perhaps of high school age, has descended on seven children in Soka, a pleasant bedroom town about 10 miles north of Tokyo. Three elementary school pupils were stabbed with a knife-like object, and a fourth girl was punched in the face. Three children escaped unharmed.
NEWS
April 3, 1997 | Reuters
An American sailor is under arrest at the headquarters base of the U.S. Navy in Japan on suspicion of beating and sexually assaulting his Japanese girlfriend in his quarters, police said today. A police spokesman said the incident at Yokosuka Naval Base on the outskirts of Tokyo did not appear to involve rape and happened during an argument between the pair. No formal charges had yet been filed.
NEWS
August 21, 1996 | Associated Press
The U.S. military has paid an initial $25,000 to a Japanese woman who was slashed in the throat a month ago, allegedly by a U.S. Navy sailor. Seaman Terrence Michael Swanson, 20, of Anoka, Minn., has been charged with attempted murder in the July 16 robbery. Swanson is in Japanese custody awaiting trial, but his admission of involvement eased the way for an initial compensation to be made, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Krejcarek said today.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A court sentenced a U.S. sailor to 13 years in prison for slashing a woman's throat as he robbed her in a port near Nagasaki. Seaman 1st Class Terrence Michael Swanson attacked the woman with a knife in the southern port of Sasebo, where he was serving on the guided missile frigate McClusky. He robbed her of $115. Swanson, 20, of Anoka, Minn., was arrested four days after the July 16 attack and pleaded guilty in September to attempted murder and robbery.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A court sentenced a U.S. sailor to 13 years in prison for slashing a woman's throat as he robbed her in a port near Nagasaki. Seaman 1st Class Terrence Michael Swanson attacked the woman with a knife in the southern port of Sasebo, where he was serving on the guided missile frigate McClusky. He robbed her of $115. Swanson, 20, of Anoka, Minn., was arrested four days after the July 16 attack and pleaded guilty in September to attempted murder and robbery.
NEWS
September 3, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A Tokyo court ordered apocalyptic cult guru Shoko Asahara and two of his top followers to pay nearly $7.5 million in damages to victims of last year's nerve gas attack on the city's subways. It is unlikely the money will ever be paid, because the Aum Supreme Truth cult has been declared bankrupt and ordered to disband. Regardless, survivors of the attack, which left 11 dead, consider the ruling a legal victory that could set a precedent for other civil lawsuits against the cult.
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