Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.


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Tomohiro Kato: Akihabara killer details +

Tomohiro Kato: Akihabara Killer (Fuji TV)Lots of new details emerged since Sunday about the Tomohiro Kato Akihabara killings. Early on, the media turned their focus to the fact that he seemed to be a fan of doujinshi, military equipment, cars, and Miss Wide Open. Police found evidence of all of the above in his apartment, and of course, the media began to spin their usual web of otaku negativity.

Tomohiro Kato: Akihabara Killer (Fuji TV)Like I expected, Tomohiro expected there to be a lot of people, and that was the reason he choose to attack Akihabara. He told police that he parked a rented truck near the crime scene and waited. He admits,

I traveled to Akihabara from Shizuoka to kill people. Anybody was OK. I was tired of life. I knew that the streets would be crowded after the pedestrian paradise. I wanted to cause an incident in Akihabara as I had visited there many times.

Tomohiro Kato's mobile phoneHe also revealed that it was indeed him that posted the message at 11:45am on a mobile messaging board saying “I have arrived in Akihabara”. At 12:30pm he posted “It’s about time.” He then drove the truck into the crowd. He admits erasing the messages before the incident because he didn’t want to cause trouble to those around me. That makes you think others knew about the incident and did nothing to stop it.

3 of the victims were killed by the truck, and 4 were stabbed to death. Tomohiro told investigators that when he arrived at work, he noticed that his work clothes were missing. He said that he thought he had been fired. This may have helped spark his rage.


2 Responses to “Tomohiro Kato: Akihabara killer details”

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    LanNo Gravatar Says:

    I can’t believe they’re blaming otakus haha Chances are he was bullied like all the others.

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    billywestNo Gravatar Says:

    On a positve note, a news story here in Tokyo today did address the fact that he had been forced by his parents to undertake various studies outside of school, particularly at cram school. Of course, many parents do this to their kids here, and it’s a positive thing that the news made a point of how societal pressures can play a part in causing mental illness and may be a catalyst for such behavior.

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