Man sentenced to death for killing 7, injuring 10 people in Akihabara in June 2008 executed

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Police officers inspect the site of the mass murder at the Akihabara district, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on June 8, 2008.

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)—Japan on Tuesday executed Tomohiro Kato, 39, the killer in a stabbing spree that occurred in Tokyo’s busy Akihabara district in 2008, government sources said.

In the rampage, Kato, a former dispatched worker, rammed a truck into a pedestrian zone near East Japan Railway Co.’s Akihabara Station, hitting passersby before stabbing others randomly with a knife. Seven people died and 10 others were left injured.

The execution came seven years and five months after Kato’s death sentence was finalized.