Flowers Laid at Scene of Stabbing Spree in Tokyo's Akihabara


Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)--As Saturday marked 11 years since the stabbing spree in Akihabara, central Tokyo, passers-by laid flowers and offered prayers at the intersection where the deadly attack took place.

A male company worker in his 30s from Tokyo's Suginami Ward laid flowers with a message that reads, "Ganbaro!! Akiba!!," which means, "Let's Keep It Up!! Akihabara!!"

"I want to express my condolences to the victims," said the worker, who also offered flowers at the scene of the recent stabbing rampage that occurred in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, and mainly targeted schoolchildren.

"I want (Akihabara) to be a peaceful and safe city," he said.

On June 8, 2008, Tomohiro Kato, now a 36-year-old death-row inmate, rammed a truck into a crowd of people in a holiday vehicle-free area near East Japan Railway Co.'s <9020> Akihabara Station and then went on a rampage with a dagger. The incident left seven people dead and 10 others injured.

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