An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Akihabara Massacre

The busy and changing world of more and more technology and less people interaction is driving people off the edge. Today a man mistakenly thought that he had been fired from him job. That pushed him to go on a killling spree in Akihabara (Electronics Town).

In a rather disastorous stabbing spree that occurred in the Akihabara electronics, video games and comics shopping quarter of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan on June 8, 2008 he went on a rampage first with a vehicle! At about 12:30 p.m. JST, the assailant attacked a crowd with his vehicle, running over three people, then stabbing at least 18 using a dagger, killing seven people.

Why did he do that?

It was reported after the attack that the suspect posted messages on the Internet revealing his intentions, posting his last message via his mobile phone 20 minutes before the attack. A police official stated the first message read “I will kill people in Akihabara.” Later messages revealed his plan to use a vehicle until it became inoperable, and then to use a knife to continue the attack on foot. Three days before the attack, on June 5, Kato accused people at his workplace of hiding his overalls, and left work immediately afterwards. It appears that he thereafter believed he had been fired from his job, although this was not actually the case. It has been speculated this may have triggered the attack.

Was it a case of Schizophrenia?

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