Akiba Stabber to Hang

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Tomohiro Kato, the maniac who in 2008 used a knife and a truck to conduct a bloody slaughter in Akihabara, slaying 7 and wounding a further 10, has finally been sentenced to death.

Kato himself reportedly had a difficult upbringing, having been treated very harshly by his parents, leading into a troubled adulthood, which finally culminated in at least one suicide attempt.

His murderous spree was premeditated, having seen him come all the way from his home Shizuoka, selling possessions in order to buy knives and rent a truck, and he freely admitted the crime whilst making no attempt to avoid capture or detection, even posting warnings about the impending crime.

The crime itself was apparently a variation on “suicide by cop,” having been prompted by him believing that he was about to be fired from his job as a despatch worker, and a general sense of despair over his belief that he was an ugly loser in dire financial straits.

Courts subsequently ruled he was fit to stand trial, and after a lengthy trial found him guilty and sentenced him to death – a largely foregone conclusion, with Japan reserving the death penalty for mass murderers whose guilt is in no doubt.

Throughout the trial Kato has offered little direct insight into what his motivations were, failing to respond even when the final sentence was handed down.

As might be expected from a nation which took 3 years to sentence a spree killer, whether he ultimately dies of old age on death row or actually makes it to the gallows is hard to predict.


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    Avatar of konakona
    Comment by konakona
    00:16 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Do all Japanese police learn kendo? xD

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    Comment by Highlyvisibleninja
    02:23 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Not all, but it is a very popular sport with Japanese Cops. I think it's because they are trained to use extenable Night Sticks as their primary weapon as Guns are only carried by specially trained officer's and detectives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What can we say, the shinsengumi spirit lives on.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    08:56 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The problem? Those cops are as scrawny and as thin as any other Japanese civilian.

    As for the hanging, good on him. Won't miss him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "lengthy trial"? Only Three years is lengthy trial?
    wow...
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    To kill an serial Murderer in America can take up to one or two DECADES! He may rot in prison now, but he's to be hanged if there's no appeal that is.
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    Not as fast as the chinocs though~
    Remember that Mass killing of murderers with a rifle round in the noggins? A dozen I think~

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 29/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, unless you're a trained fighter, overwhelming odds are those "scrawny" cops would beat your ass. =P

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nah, you can said so, cuz you never had sparring with those thin cops

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    Comment by cats2
    12:10 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They learn it when they're practicing how to blow their whistles, duh!

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    Comment by alidan
    10:25 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you forgot to add that even if you have a gun, you aren't allowed to use it even in self defense otherwise you may as well kiss you career goodbye.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 26/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fact, the japanese are a mostly ball-less people, thanks to a nuclear vasectamy. not allowed to carry guns, weapons or knives. Partially from the old samurai/feudal laws partially cuz when America occupied we heavily influenced their constitution and laws and didnt want a bunch of sword weilding die hards running around

    they are very small(slighlty taller than there parents but still small). Im good size guy (black 6'1 190lbs) but I may as well be 6'4 225 compared to the general populace.

    And finally they are soo damn sensitive with everyone trying not to offend someone else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is probably Cops getting to me but I think all police should be encouraged to learn some form of armed and unarmed combat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 02/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Call upon the Holy Grey Knight Terminators, the retributional fist of the God Emperor!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the Japanese cops do. They learn aikido...

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    Comment by OTIKA
    18:36 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the shit hits the fan, they'll start calling up their Terminators to do the dirty work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm, I thought regular officers carry guns while detectives do not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They all also learn aikido.

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    Comment by Dickson
    00:18 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Kendo is fun k?

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    Comment by Ethan
    09:52 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought it was a fishing pole. >_> I was confused to say the least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 26/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hahaha, i thought it was a fishing pole too! It would had been extremely hilarious and crazy...
    ...actually I wish it to be a fishing thing. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 26/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I thought that officer was the stabber!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 26/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so it would seem

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess they have to learn it as a part of their duty. Just like security officers need to learn tonfa techniques, at least here where I live.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:12 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    At the rate cops get their thumbs severed, probably not.

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:38 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And don't forget how long it took the police to take down that fat naked guy who went for a swim in the Emperor's moat...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:47 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe some yari training would be more appropriate. There'll be less severed limb incidents for cops.

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    Comment by Achiuakuna
    01:14 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think one of the very recent all Japan kendo champions was a police officer.

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    Comment by uber phallas
    00:18 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Justice is served, with a cold meal covered in the sauce of bitterness in this case.

    I pity this guy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, he had bullshit life and tried to take suicide. Then he just went mad and stuff. As I read it. I suppose it's fine enough for me to fullfill what he tried to do first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I pity those he has killed and maimed. I'd say we fry his ass in a giant cauldron.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Violence only begets more violence child. LEARN what the implications of that opinion advocates before typing it next time.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    08:59 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To do that you'd have to pretty much end up killing everyone.

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    Comment by Dia
    04:56 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't beget violence if you kill everyone who would want revenge.

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    Comment by Nimik
    01:51 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    seems about right.. to me if you take someones life you should be sentenced to death that would make a more civilized nation and will keep people in check and aim to do the right thing!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Couldn't be more wrong. Do you have any idea how many innocent people are on death row?
    Lots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Although Japan's rules concerning this seem spot on...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which country?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well if they were dead wouldn't it be better for em instead of getting buttraped everyday lol

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well that's the problem of countries handing out death penalties too easily.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's not civilized at all. It's a primitive act called revenge. Are YOU SERIOUSLY implying that emotional revenge is sophisticated? Seriously?! Wow... as an MD in sociology and psychology we should talk. I'd love to see what makes your head tick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Honestly I can understand his position. If you live your life believing that you treat people how you yourself wish to be treated then this person should be stabbed and hit by a truck.

    If you are really a sociology and psychology MD then you will fully understand why people feel this way, most people feel the punishment should fit the crime and those same people feel that when someone is convicted of murder life in prison is not an equal punishment.

    On a non emotional and practical level, why should the Japanese people pay for this person to live the rest of his life in jail? I know in the US is costs over $100,000 a year to house a prisoner, and if you know this guy is guilty and never getting out then why keep him as a burden on the people?

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:38 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it's $36,000 a year for maximum security and is a good example as to why non violent offenders should not go to prison.

    Still even at that high a cost often housing a prisoner for life is cheaper then trying to getting the death penalty as these sorta of trials often go on for years.
    In the US the average execution including court fees is 1.7 Million.
    The system sometimes makes mistakes all systems do so any trial with a death penalty is necessarily a drawn out affair as you must be absolutely certain of guilt or risk executing an innocent person which has happened in the past.

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    Comment by Gitami
    03:38 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should have a Battle Royalee sort of explosive collar. As long as it receives signal from prison towers then it won't explode in five minutes. In the case of tower malfunction there are mobile transmitters that can be activated. Tampering will cause explosion.

    Cut down on security costs that way. Perhaps convert all the prison ground into farmlands. I don't understand why they have muscle training gyms in prisons that basically allow prisoners to beef themselves up for outside life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought learned people were supposed to be understanding.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're the one being emotional. I'm a little torn on this subject. My emotions tell me that it's wrong to take a life no matter what, but logically, there is no way it could be safe to release him and no use for him to live in jail. Death is less a punishment (seems like what he wanted) and more like getting rid of a problem.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ...and no use for him to live in jail.

    You are just not being creative enough about it. There are many good uses for dangerous prisoners if you ask me.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    05:13 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Should just behead him with a sword...

    Really, at least according to Wikipedia they haven't even executed Shoko Asahara yet... Y'know, da "Guru of Gas"...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't be the only one that think it's funny that the guy's name is Kato.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha, now that you mention it :D

    I quess I've been reading too many news about Japan to not to think possible homonymes anymore.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    01:00 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Killing some lone deranged wierdo is neither going to prevent more people to go on a murderspree nor bring back the ones he killed.

    Its only revenge and a nation that calls itself civilized should stand above these kind of notions or its as bad (or even worse) as the murderers its sentencing to death...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:13 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am a bit surprised at the primitive method being employed.
    I would have expected something more modern and painless such as the gas chamber or lethal injection.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 31/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    he should be hospitalized and all attempts made to rehabilitate him. the lone knifeman is not rational, sane? maybe, maybe not. if the state considers itself (as it does) the arbiter of morality then it must act always with sanity and rationality. the carefully meditated decision to take a human life when that human poses no immediate danger is neither rational nor sane. the state wants revenge because the state is morally and ideologically corrupt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah im so fucking happy that my hard earned money goes to some fucked up murder i wonder what will you say if someone kill your loved ones brutaly .
    BTW its funny someone who visit this site and saying that something isnt civilized hahahaha so funny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Death sentences. Just hate them. Shifting blame is just so much easier, isn't it?

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    Comment by cheese_cake
    03:25 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    singapore sees it as cost effective and it does also acts as an example. instilling fear through law and order has kept people in check for decades....

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:53 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you call yourself pirateking then use the word civilized? hohoho, twat






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