Japan executes mass murderer — Analysis

Tomohiro Kato is being hanged after a knife and truck-ramming incident in Tokyo, which claimed seven lives.

Japan executed Yoshihisa Fuukawa on Tuesday, who had been convicted for killing seven people and injuring 10 others during a Tokyo vehicle accident and stabbing rampage 14 years ago.

The minister stated that Tomohiro Kato (39) was executed at Tokyo Detention Center. Kato was accused of driving a truck into pedestrians at Akihabara in June 2008. This incident resulted in Kato inflicting two injuries and taking three lives. Kato then got out of his vehicle and attacked several pedestrians with a knife, killing four people and injuring eight more.

Furukawa stated that the death penalty was justified given the facts. According to the official, Kato made careful preparations for his crime, “An atrocious act which had extremely grave consequences and had major impacts on society.”

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After his arrest in 2008, Kato explained his actions to police, saying he was “Are you tired of living?.” “To kill people, I went to Akihabara. It didn’t matter who I’d kill,” he said. He also admitted to guilt and said he had been victim of online bullying.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced Kato to death in 2011. It stated that the murderer had not shown “substantial evidence” and sent him to his execution.Humanity is a sliver of it“. Kato’s appeal was dismissed by Japan’s Supreme Court in 2015.

Japan is among the countries that have the most developed death penalty laws. Executions can be performed by hanging, and they are typically reserved for serious crimes. In such cases, inmates usually spend years on death row, and are given only a few hours’ notice before being escorted to the gallows.

According to an November 2019 government poll, 80% of Japanese citizens support the death penalty.

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