Knife attack on Shinkansen kills 1, injures 2 in Kanagawa:The Asahi Shimbun

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a knife attack on a Japanese bullet train that killed one person and left two injured.

The apparently random attack took place at around 9:50 p.m.in the 12th vehicle of the Nozomi No. 265 bound for Shin-Osaka Station from Tokyo, which had just departed with 880 passengers aboard.

The seriously-wounded man was later confirmed dead and the situation of the two other injured was not revealed.

Police detained the suspect after storming the carriage when the vehicle stopped at Odawara station.

Investigators found two knives in the auto where the attack took place.

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

"Witnesses said passengers were crying as they ran to other coaches, shouting "Just keep going ahead" and "(the suspect) has a knife". The assault occurred while the train, which was bound for Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka, was traveling on the section between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations, both in Kanagawa Prefecture. According to him, he didn't plan the attack and attacked the passengers of the train "only because I was highly annoyed". She had been calling his mobile phone recently but could not reach him.

According to JR Central, an average of 446,000 passengers used Tokaido Shinkansen trains each day in fiscal 2015. (JR Tokai) announced it would move up its plan to install more security cameras in bullet trains.

The train was carrying about 880 passengers when the attack took place.