Random Violence and Crime Is On The Rise in Japan!
by kevin22262, Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 02:46:29 PM EDT
The following comes from an email that was sent to my g/f from a friend of hers. The email came this morning, so this just happened. Has anyone heard of this or is our "news media" still so wrapped up in Obama and Clinton?
IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH FROM TOKYO
Japan is no longer the safe haven people once believed it was. Today, in Akihabara, a 25yr old male from Shizuoka Prefecture drove his truck at high speed into pedestrians!! Today is Sunday. Akihara has its pedestrian heaven every week on Sunday so that the area is closed to traffic and is always crowded with tourists, families, and people out having a good time. Going to Akihabara's electric town, or going to Maid Cafes, or buying anime paraphernalia. After driving into a crowd of people, sending at least three people sprawling, he then got out of his truck and had with him a 13cm survival knife. He then went on a stabbing spree!! Seven people have died and more than a dozen people were injured. He did not know any of the victims. They were stabbed at random. Although he was caught, his reason for his actions was that "he was tired of living and came to Akihabara specifically to kill people. Anybody would do". Why didn't he just fuckin' kill himself is what I say! Sorry if I seem to be a little disturbed and am using an explicit amount of profanities but my ire has not yet subsided.
I'm usually a reasonable person, but his actions are unforgivable. Not only do I wish him to get the death penalty, I would prefer to have the family of the victims stab him as many times as possible and hope to hell he dies a slow and very painful death. No! I'm not kidding! The fucking asshole deserves nothing less!! This is an area that (name deleted) and I go to occasionally. It is a beautiful and fun place to just walk around. This is just the latest in crimes of random violence that seems to be the top news every day. And this from a country that has strick gun laws and low crime rate. Not only is random violence on the rise, so is juvenile crime. Stabbings seem to be the choice method.
The news has just released the names of those who died. One person was only 21yrs old. Another 31yrs old. Also a police officer who was there to help the three victims who were hit by the truck was one of the first persons to be stabbed. It was also released that he was carrying a second survival knife as well.
It's a sad day when you think you might have to start wearing Kevlar in one of the safest nation's on earth.
I want to repeat - seven innocent people were killed for no reason except that this asshole just wanted to kill people. Totally unforgivable.
A note to friends and family: (name deleted) and I were not in the neighborhood of Akihabara today although we have also enjoyed its Sunday Pedestrian Heaven. We were far from harm and sitting at home when the news flash was shown at 12:30pm this afternoon. Although we went out later to Shimo Kitazawa (also a busy and crowded area on the weekends), just thinking of someone pulling the same stunt here is enough to make you think twice about going out just for fun.
Now this email made me think. Is violence going up because of TV, Movies, Video Games, etc. Does the increase in the consumption of western (American) processed food and fast food (obesity is on a fast rise in Japan) have anything to do with this? Is it a combination of all of these or what?
I think it would help a lot to try and figure out what has caused this in Japan. If we can identify the causes there, then maybe it will help us to identify the causes here.
Cross posted at EENR Blog