Indefinite Term Sought for Shinkansen Hatchet Attacker


Odawara, Kanagawa Pref., Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)--Public prosecutors sought an indefinite prison term on Monday for a 23-year-old unemployed man for killing or injuring three passengers with a hatchet on a Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train in June last year.

The lay judge trial for the suspect, Ichiro Kojima, at Yokohama District Court's branch in the city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, concluded after the defense side also made a final appeal. A ruling will be handed down on Dec. 18.

During the hearing, the prosecutors' side said his motive for the indiscriminate murder, in order to be imprisoned for the rest of his life, was derived from misconstruing his grandmother's words. This was "selfish and there is no margin for leniency," the prosecution said.

The scene of the murder was brutal and Kojima has no regrets about the crime, the prosecutors said.

Meanwhile, the prosecutors, citing the bringing up of the suspect and a psychiatric test diagnosis of paranoid personality disorder, said the possibility cannot be ruled out that the disorder may have been behind the attack.

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