One man was killed and two women were severely injured during a stabbing incident Saturday aboard a shinkansen bullet train bound for Shin-Osaka from Tokyo, police said.
The incident occurred around 10 p.m.in the No. 12 vehicle of the 16-car bullet train as it was traveling between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Some time after the departure of the young man suddenly began waving a knife and attacked were with him in the same auto passengers. The attack killed a man aged about 30 years old, he received a fatal wound in the neck.
In June 2015, a 71-year-old man committed suicide by self-immolation on a westbound Nozomi train, setting himself ablaze while it was on the same Shin-Yokohama-Odawara segment. Doctors say the injuries to the 2 women are not life-threatening.
Police detained the suspect after storming the carriage when the vehicle stopped at Odawara station.
A spokesman for Kanagawa Prefectural Police said Ichiro Kojima, 22, admitted randomly assaulting passengers on the train with multiple blades because he was feeling frustrated, the English-language Japan Times reported.
Witnesses said passengers fled in panic, some of them in tears. According to him, he didn't plan the attack and attacked the passengers of the train "only because I was highly annoyed".
"I have been always anxious about him", his grandmother said in a telephone interview early Sunday.
The attack took place in vehicle No. 12 of the 16-car train while it was between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations, both in Kanagawa.
He talked about suicidal thoughts before running away, she said.
The train was carrying more than 800 passengers at the time of the incident.