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2 dead, 16 people injured in Japanese stabbing

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1 child dead, 15 other people injured in Japanese stabbing
May 27, 2019
By Danielle Haynes


Police and rescue personnel work at the site of a mass stabbing in Kawasaki, near Tokyo on Monday. Photo courtesy of Jiji Press/EPA-EFE

May 27 (UPI) -- A stabbing at a bus stop near Tokyo left one schoolgirl dead and at least 15 others, mostly students, injured Monday, emergency officials said.

Police said in addition to the dead child, the man suspected of attacking the group died after stabbing himself in the neck. Most of the injured children were between 6 and 7 years old.

The stabbing happened at 7:45 a.m. in Kawasaki City, south of the Japanese capital.

Authorities said they recovered two knives from the suspect.

The attack happened amid U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Naruhito. Trump offered his condolences.

 

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Two killed in mass stabbing near Tokyo
28 May 2019
05 Hours ago

Police say one child and one man were killed and 16 others injured in a mass stabbing near Tokyo on Tuesday. They say the alleged attacker also died from self-inflicted wounds.

The assault occurred at around 7:45 a.m. as a group of elementary school children were waiting to board a school bus in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Eyewitness reports say a man who appeared to be in his 50s approached the group with knives in both hands and started attacking them.

Police and firefighters say 16 children, one man and one woman were taken to hospital for injuries. They include a 11-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man who later died.

Sources close to the investigation say the man was stabbed in the back and was the parent of one of the children at the scene.

Police believe the suspect is a resident of Kawasaki City. They apprehended him near the scene, but he had stabbed himself in the neck and was unconscious. He later died in hospital.

Police say they found two knives at the scene and are investigating the case as murder.

The site is a residential area about 250 meters northwest of Noborito Station on the JR and Odakyu railway lines.
 

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Abe orders safety measures for schoolchildren
28 May 2019
03 Hours ago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for urgent measures to protect children going to and coming home from school.

Abe summoned education minister Masahiko Shibayama and National Public Safety Commission chair Junzo Yamamoto to the prime minister's office on Tuesday to discuss the mass stabbings in Kawasaki City, near Tokyo, earlier in the day.

Abe later told reporters he is outraged that the attacker targeted young children. He said he offers condolences to the victims' families and wishes survivors a speedy recovery.

Abe added that ensuring children's safety is a priority, and revealed he has instructed his Cabinet ministers to draw up necessary measures.

 

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Profiles of Kawasaki stabbing victims
28 May 2019
11 min ago

Details are coming to light about the two victims who were fatally stabbed in Kawasaki City, near Tokyo, on Tuesday morning.

One of them, Hanako Kuribayashi, was a sixth-grade elementary school student from Tokyo, aged 11.

A neighbor said Hanako was a charming girl who told her about various things when they met. She said she was shocked to hear the news.

The neighbor also said she exchanged greetings with the girl's parents almost every day. She said she cannot imagine how they must be feeling.

The other victim is Satoshi Oyama, a 39-year-old official with the Japanese Foreign Ministry. He was one of about 10 Burmese language specialists at the ministry.

Oyama studied Burmese at university. He joined the ministry in 2004, and worked for a time at the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar.

When Aung San Suu Kyi visited Japan in 2013, Oyama accompanied her to Kyoto. The same year, he interpreted for then-foreign minister Fumio Kishida when he met the foreign minister of Myanmar on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

 
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