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Japan carried out its first execution of 2022 of a man who was convicted of driving a truck into a crowd in 2008 on Tuesday.
Tomohiro Kato killed seven people in the attack, in which he drove a vehicle into a large crowd in Tokyo. He got out of the vehicle after it stopped and started stabbing random people.
“I came to Akihabara to kill people. It didn’t matter who I would kill,” Kato told police of his crimes. Akihabara is a district within Tokyo.
Kato reportedly documented his plan of attack in a series of online posts while on his way to Akihabar, lamenting his work and social life.
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“This is a very painful case that had extremely serious consequences and shocked society,” Japan’s Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said in a statement on Tuesday.
Kato’s execution was the first in Japan in 2022. The last time he carried out a death sentence was in December 2021, when a trio of men were hanged on various counts of murder.
The three men were Yasutaka Fujishiro, who murdered seven members of his family in 2004, and Tomoaki Takanezawa and Mitsunori Onogawa, who were convicted of killing two bar employees in 2003.
Prior to the 2021 executions, Japan had not carried out a death sentence since 2019.