In Japan, a 39-year-old man who killed seven people was hanged – Ultima Ora

(ANSA) – Tokyo, July 26 – A 39-year-old Japanese man has been hanged for killing seven people in June 2008 on the streets of Akihabara, the electronics district of Tokyo. Local media, including public broadcaster NHK, reported this today.

Tomohiro Kato drove a truck into passers-by in broad daylight before getting out of the vehicle and stabbing the crowd with a double-edged sword, killing seven and injuring ten. After the first trial verdict in March 2011, his death sentence was upheld by an appeals court in September 2012. Japan’s Supreme Court rejected Kato’s appeal in 2015, making the conviction final.

A precarious worker at an auto parts manufacturing plant in a small town in central Japan at the time, the man learned his contract would expire in late June 2008 shortly before the assassination.

Hosted by her employer, she confided online that she feared becoming homeless. During the hearing, Cato explained that he had committed the assassination because of the criticism he had received on the Internet.

After the massacre, Japanese authorities banned the possession of double-edged knives with blades longer than 5.5 centimeters.

It was the first application of the death penalty in Japan since the execution of three convicted murderers last December. Japan, along with the United States, is one of the last industrialized and democratic countries that still uses the death penalty, which is widely supported by Japanese public opinion. (handle).

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