1 killed, 2 injured in stabbing incident on Japan's Shinkansen bullet train

  • 1 killed, 2 injured in stabbing incident on Japan's Shinkansen bullet train

1 killed, 2 injured in stabbing incident on Japan's Shinkansen bullet train

A man was killed and two women were injured in a stabbing attack on Japan's bullet train on Saturday night.

What appear to be fleeing passengers' belongings are strewn on the floor of a shinkansen auto next to the one where a knife-yielding man killed a male passenger and injured two women on June 9, 2018.

A spokesman for Kanagawa Prefectural Police said Ichiro Kojima, 22, admitted randomly assaulting passengers on the train with multiple blades because he was feeling frustrated, the English-language Japan Times reported.

According to the newspaper, the attack occurred late on the train, EN route from Tokyo to Osaka.

News reports said two women who appeared to be in their twenties were also wounded but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Kojima told police that he is unemployed and from Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. "We would like to be left alone for now". The train was crowded with women thought to have attended an event. Some were holding removed seats, apparently to protect themselves. She had called his mobile phone several times recently but was unable to talk with Kojima directly.

Central Japan Railway says more than 90 percent of its bullet trains are equipped with security cameras.

In 2015, a man set himself on fire on a moving bullet train, killing himself and a female passenger.

The attack took place in auto No. 12 of the 16-car train while it was between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations, both in Kanagawa.