Tokyo police have arrested the man they say attacked his fellow passengers on a train with a knife yesterday injuring 10, one severely.
The alleged stabber’s motive? He told police he was enraged by seeing “happy looking” women on the train and wanted to kill them all.
According to the AP:
The 36-year-old man told police he wanted to kill women who appeared happy, and chose his targets at random, public broadcaster NHK said. The initial victim, a woman in her 20s, was in serious condition, according to NHK and other Japanese media. …
He also told police that he chose to stage the attack inside a train because it offered the chance to kill a large number of people.
The suspect, who boarded the train with the knife, scissors, cooking oil and a lighter, moved to other carriages after stabbing the first woman. In one car, he poured cooking oil on the floor and tried to set it on fire, …
The man also told police he initially planned to attack a female shop employee who reported him shoplifting to police earlier in the day, but realizing it was past closing time, he decided to carry out attacks on the train, TBS reported.
The suspect later turned himself in to police, saying he was tired of running.
The AP, remarkably, described the stabbings as a “random burst of violence unrelated to the ongoing Olympic Games.” The tabloid The Sun, while reporting that the would be killer had been planning some sort of attack for six years, declared that “there were no immediate details about the attacker or a motive.”
The stabbing spree might not have been related to the Olympics, but there was nothing random about it; it was an attack motivated by misogynistic rage, and not the first one seen in Japan. As the AP notes,
In 2019, a man carrying two knives attacked a group of schoolgirls waiting at a bus stop just outside Tokyo, killing two people and injuring 17 before killing himself.
It’s not known if this would-be killer was radicalized online, as many previous misogynistic killers have been.
But he’s already got fans amongst the readers of the incel forum The Black Pill Club, who have declared the news of his stabbing spree to be”lifefuel.”
“He stabbed 10 women today,” one incel happily announced, though the gender of most of his victims has not yet been reported.
Seems to be the first big ER event in a long time.
Praise Saint [name of suspect]. Indeed, he will go down among the greatest saints.
Thet were heartened by the motivation for the attacks . As another incel commenter wrote
Yea it makes me mad when I see women happy too
Still another commenter took it a little further.
To think of it, in 2021 a femoid that looks “happy” almost certainly just got raped by a chad/ a dog, aborted a baby or commited some other nasty thing.
Despite the acclaim the would-be killer is getting from incels, it’s not known if he identified as one.
We may learn more about the suspect in the next few days. Or the media may just drop the story as just a “random burst of violence.”
Violent attacks on women especially by a partner or ex, are so commonplace that, at least in the US, they rarely make the national news.
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