Man Arrested Over Deadly Japan Stabbing Spree

1 killed in stabbing on bullet train

A man was killed and two women were injured in a rampage on a Shinkansen bullet train on Saturday night, shortly after the westbound train departed from Tokyo Station.

News reports said two women who appeared to be in their twenties were also wounded but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Public broadcaster NHK reported that the suspect told police he felt "frustrated and wanted to kill someone".

Kanagawa prefectural police arrested Ichiro Kojima, a 22-year-old unemployed man, on suspicion of attempted murder, when the Nozomi 265 train stopped at Odawara Station.

Police said on the suspect was on top of a man lying unconscious on the floor of the aisle with a knife stuck in his thigh when officers arrived.

Officials say a male passenger taken to hospital with neck wounds later died from his injuries.

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There were at least two knives found at the scene, and a police report was made about five minutes after the train pulled out of the Shin-Yokohama station at 9.42pm local time, or 8.42pm Singapore time.

Witnesses said passengers fled in panic, some of them in tears.

"All of a sudden, a lot of passengers were dashing. people panicked", one male passenger told the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun.

"Everyone appeared to be feeling the strain and some of them cried", he said.

Japan is known as one of the safest countries in the industrialized world and random violent attacks are rare.

Rescue workers are seen at Odawara station after a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train made an emergency stop on its way from Tokyo to the western city of Osaka due to a man holding an edged tool attacked passengers.

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