Japan executes man for mass truck attack, first execution this year

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Japan held this is the first execution in 2022 of a man convicted of driving a truck into a crowd on a Tuesday in 2008.

Tomohiro Kato killed seven people in an attack when he drove his car into a large crowd in Tokyo. He got out of the car after it stopped and began randomly stabbing people.

“I came to Akihabara to kill people. It doesn’t matter who I killed, Kato told the police his crimes. Akihabara is a district of Tokyo.

Kato reportedly documented his plan of attack in a series of online posts as he made his way to Akihabar, lamenting his job and social life.

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In this Sept.  File photo taken October 21, 2010 shows the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California.

In this Sept. File photo taken October 21, 2010 shows the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California.
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“This is a very painful case that has led to extremely dire consequences and shocked society,” Japanese Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said on Tuesday.

Feline performance was the first in Japan in 2022. He last carried out a death sentence in December 2021, when three men were hanged on various murder charges.

The three men were Yasutaka Fujishiro, who killed seven members of his family in 2004, and Tomoaki Takanzawa and Mitsunori Onogawa, convicted of killing two bar employees in 2003.

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Prior to the 2021 executions, Japan had not carried out a death sentence since 2019.