Abe Calls for Sharing of Info on Suspicious People


Tokyo, May 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called for stepped up sharing of information about suspicious people to secure the safety of children on their way to and from school, in the wake of the previous day's stabbing rampage that targeted many children waiting for a school bus.

At a meeting of relevant cabinet ministers held at the prime minister's office, Abe vowed to make all-out efforts to ensure children's safety and directed the participants to make sure school commuting roads are safe and get the full picture on the stabbing spree.

"In addition to checking the safety of locations where children gather on their way to and from school, I want police officers to carry out intensive patrols and cooperate more closely with local residents to watch over children," Abe told the meeting.

He called for the creation of a system for sharing information about suspicious individuals obtained by the police and schools.

A total of 19 people, mostly elementary school children, were stabbed by a knife-wielding man in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Tuesday morning. An 11-year-old schoolgirl and a 39-year-old man died from stab wounds.

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