By now the rest of the world has probably heard about the latest stabbing spree in Akihabara. It’s the very nature of the place, its popularity, that makes it worthy of worldwide attention. As of this writing, there have been seven confirmed dead. Supposedly killed by a man who indiscriminately stabbed people because he “was tired of life.” The suspect is only 25 years old.
This brings to mind another incident about two months ago. In almost the same manner, someone ran amuck ala Rambo at Arakawaoki Station (Joban line). So, no, it’s not as popular as Akihabara, and it didn’t get covered much except for the local news. But just the same, it was where 8 people were
tragically killed stabbed at random by a man, and at least one person died. That station is just about five kilometers from where we live, but when that incident actually happened, we were just 5 minutes away from the station. When we heard the news, it sent shivers down our spines.
Prior to the incident at the station, a few days before the same suspect apparently stabbed to death an old man who lived near his place. I forgot how old he was exactly, but I think he is also in his twenties (someone correct me if I’m wrong!). That initial murder sent waves of fear throughout the schools and daycares. On the day it happened, I remember that evening when I fetched Aya from the daycare, and I noticed that all the lights in the rooms were turned off, save for the wing where the remaining children were. We were immediately told to go home and be wary of any suspicious-looking persons.
And what about that other incident some time ago, involving a minor this time, who pushed someone to his death on the train tracks at the station? The victim was a salary man, and was just waiting at the tracks for the train to take him home. He had a family. He had wanted to buy a house of their own in the future.
In the minor’s own words, “Dare de mo yokatta…” He didn’t give a damn who he killed. He just wanted to kill someone, it didn’t matter who. He is only 17 years old. No history of drugs or alcohol. Kept mostly to himself and played a lot of video games in his room.
These are very, very disturbing incidents. In my country, from time to time there would also be news reports of people killing several people at the same time, but there always seemed to be a motive: revenge, money, love, you name it. Or if there were no clear motives, perhaps it was because the suspects were either 1) under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or 2) simply deranged.
But what about those people, like the ones involved in the stabbing sprees here in Japan, who are level-headed, thinking straight, and clearly in control of their actions? What about them? They just got tired of their lives and decided to make themselves a blip in the history of time. The unfortunate thing is that just because they thought their lives were worthless, they considered other people’s lives to be just as worth trashing.
It’s a tragic thing when you have your whole life ahead of you, and suddenly some whacko decides that he wants to punctuate your existence on earth with a swipe of a knife. And everything else that you’ve ever done, all your accomplishments, all your being, ends senselessly on a clear day on the streets of Akihabara. Outrageous.
So, folks, what exactly is happening here in Japan? You tell me.