Tokyo, July 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) Japan on Tuesday executed a man who killed seven people in Tokyo’s Akihabara district in 2008 in a stabbing attack, Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa announced.
Tomohiro Kato, 39, drove a truck into pedestrians in a vehicle-free zone in the popular shopping and tourist district on June 8, 2008, killing three people on the spot, Xinhua news agency reports.
After stopping the truck, he got out and indiscriminately stabbed four other people and injured eight others with a long-bladed dagger, according to the 2015 court ruling.
“The incident had a significant impact on society as it deprived seven people of their precious lives,” Furukawa told a press briefing here.
“After careful, then more careful consideration,” Furukawa said he signed Kato’s execution warrant on July 22.
He was hanged at the Tokyo Detention Center.
Kato had lost his challenge to commute the sentence in Japan’s highest court in 2015.
Two executions have taken place during the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and three death row inmates implicated in multiple murders were hanged in December 2021.
The number of death row inmates in Japan now stands at 106, according to official figures.