June 8, 2001 |
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.
July 4, 2000 |
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.
May 18, 2000 |
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.
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.
December 18, 1997 |
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.
October 12, 1997 |
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.