Japan executes mass murderer — RT World News

Tomohiro Kato was hanged for a truck and knife massacre in Tokyo in 2008 that claimed the lives of seven people

Japan has executed a man convicted of killing seven people and injuring 10 others in a car accident and stabbing in Tokyo 14 years ago, the minister of security told reporters on Tuesday. Justice Yoshihisa Furukawa.

According to the minister, Tomohiro Kato, 39, was hanged at the Tokyo detention center. In June 2008, Kato drove a truck into a crowd of pedestrians in the Akihabara shopping district, killing three people and injuring two. He then got out of the vehicle and stabbed several bystanders with a dagger, killing four people and injuring eight others.

Furukawa said that under the circumstances, the death penalty is justified. According to the official, Kato made careful preparations for his crime, “an atrocious act that led to extremely serious consequences and had a major impact on society.”

After his arrest in 2008, Kato explained his actions to police, saying he was “tired of life.” “I came to Akihabara to kill people. It didn’t matter who I would kill,” he said. He admitted his guilt, also saying he was upset about the online bullying.

Kato was sentenced to death in 2011 by the Tokyo District Court, with the judge saying the killer failed to show “a bit of humanityKato’s appeal was rejected by Japan’s Supreme Court in 2015.

Japan is one of the few developed countries to apply the death penalty. Executions are by hanging and are generally reserved for aggravated murder. In such cases, inmates typically spend years on death row and only receive a few hours’ notice before being escorted to the gallows.

Public support for the death penalty remains high in Japan, with 80% backing the measure, according to a government poll conducted in November 2019.

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