Everything About the Tokyo Train Stabbing Incident That is Known So Far


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Disturbing Tokyo Train Stabbing Incident: Unveiling All the Chilling Details Known So Far

It appears that the dawn of the new year has been marred by a series of horrific stabbing incidents.

Following the shocking stabbing incident in South Korea against the representative of the liberal Democratic Party, another disturbing event unfolded on the bustling trains of Tokyo.

On 3 Jan, just yesterday, a woman brandishing a kitchen knife unleashed a terrifying ordeal on a train at Akihabara Station, nestled along the Yamanote loop line, one of Tokyo’s busiest transportation arteries.

Adding to the gravity of the situation, Akihabara, traditionally renowned as the hub for electronics and gadget retailers, stands as a prominent tourist attraction in Tokyo, making this incident all the more unsettling.

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The weapon in question was reported to be approximately 15 cm in length.

To compound the alarming circumstances, it was discovered that she had another knife concealed within her bag.

Four Men Sustained Injuries

According to information obtained from the Japan Times, the woman is believed to be in her twenties and embarked on her assault while the train was traversing the stretch between JR Okachimachi and Akihabara stations.

Remarkably, this young woman, despite her seemingly unassuming profile, managed to inflict injuries upon not one, not two, but a total of four men aboard the train, ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s.

Out of these four unfortunate victims, three had sustained serious injuries, described by a spokesperson from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department as reported by the Japan Times.

The men sustained wounds to their sides, backs, and arms.

The remaining man had his jacket sliced but thankfully only suffered a minor injury to his left arm.

Fortunately, none of the victims incurred life-threatening injuries, as confirmed by the Kyodo news agency.

Investigators believe that the assailant and her victims were not acquainted with one another in any way.

At approximately 10:55 pm, the passengers on the train displayed remarkable courage by successfully subduing the woman and promptly alerting the authorities.

Responding swiftly to the distress call, police officers rushed to Akihabara Station.

Upon the train’s arrival at the station, the woman was apprehended and taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder.


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Furthermore, the blade she had wielded was seized as evidence.

“I Just Wanted To Kill People”

The chilling motives behind this incident are equally unsettling.

According to the police, the assailant readily admitted to the suspicions levied against her, revealing that she had boarded the train at Ueno Station with the explicit intent of harming fellow passengers with the ultimate goal of taking lives.

Compounding the tragedy, it was later revealed that the woman had been grappling with mental illness, shedding a tragic light on the circumstances that led to this shocking event.

Following the incident, the platform at Akihabara Station, cordoned off with crime scene tape, descended into temporary disarray.


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Ambulances promptly arrived, and emergency personnel diligently attended to the victims, transporting them away on stretchers.

The consequences of this terrifying episode extended beyond the immediate vicinity.

East Japan Railway Co. reported the suspension of five JR Yamanote Line outbound trains, affecting approximately 4,000 passengers in total.

As the investigation continues, the woman remains in custody.