Japanese man pleads guilty to deadly knife rampage on shinkansen
Japan Times -- Nov 29
A man pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering a passenger and trying to kill two others in a random knife attack on a shinkansen last year.

According to the indictment, Ichiro Kojima, 23, seriously wounded two women in their 20s with a machete on the Nozomi 265 train en route from Tokyo to Osaka on the evening of June 9, 2018. He also used a knife and machete to fatally stab Kotaro Umeda, 38, who intervened in the attack against the women.

“I did it with the intent to kill,” Kojima said in the first court hearing in his lay judge trial held at the Odawara branch of the Yokohama District Court.

Prosecutors said Kojima found it too difficult to live on his own and “wanted to go to prison” as he had been homeless and sleeping outdoors, including in a park in Nagano Prefecture.

Kojima, who did not have a good relationship with his parents, quit work due to stress and lived with his grandmother until he left her home in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, in December 2017, prosecutors said.

He underwent a psychiatric examination over a four-month period before prosecutors ruled him fit to face a criminal trial and indicted him in November last year.

去年6月、走行中の東海道新幹線の車内で、ナタなどを使って女性2人を切り付け、止めに入った梅田耕太郎さん(38)を殺害するなどした罪に問われている小島一朗被告(23)の初公判が開かれた。小島被告は「確かに通路側にいた人を殺そうとしたが、残念にも殺し損なった」「確かに倒れている人を見事に殺しきった」と起訴内容を認めた。検察側は「刑務所に入るために無差別殺人を計画した」と指摘している。
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