Knife attack before college entrance exam in Japan

A 17-year-old male student was arrested for allegedly slashing three people with a knife outside Japan’s University of Tokyo just before the entrance exam.

The suspect confessed to slashing three people in the back at around 8:30 a.m. today in front of the University of Tokyo, as students across Japan entered the first day of university entrance exams. The 17-year-old was arrested on the spot and a bloody kitchen knife was recovered from the scene, Tokyo police said.

“My grades were very poor. I couldn’t study well. I thought I should have died in the incident,” investigative sources revealed the suspect’s testimony. This male student lives and studies in Nagoya, a city 90 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo.

Police officers at the scene of a knife attack in front of the University of Tokyo gate in the Japanese capital Tokyo today.  Photo: Reuters.

Police officers at the scene of a knife attack in front of the University of Tokyo gate in the Japanese capital Tokyo today. Photo: Reuters.

The three injured victims all did not know the suspect, including a 72-year-old man living in Tokyo and two 18-year-old students, a boy and a girl, from nearby Chiba Prefecture and on their way to the site. University exam.

All three were conscious when taken to the hospital. Two students suffered minor injuries, but the elderly man is undergoing emergency surgery due to his sudden worsening of condition, Japanese media reported.

The suspect also told police that he also caused the fire at Todaimae subway station near the scene. No one was injured in this incident. Media reported that just before 8:30, the sound of firecrackers sounded and a small fire appeared, which was quickly extinguished. A burnt piece of wood was found at the station.

The university entrance exam in Japan will last two days, with about 530,000 candidates taking part. The University of Tokyo is the country’s leading prestigious training institution, this year about 3,700 students registered for the entrance exam. The first exams are geography, history and civics starting at 9:30 am this morning.

Japan’s National University Entrance Examination Center said today’s stabbing victims will be allowed to take a make-up exam scheduled to be held in the last week of this month. They are also considering other measures if the students do not recover in time.

Japan has seen a number of knife attacks in recent months. On November 24, 2021, a 14-year-old male student in Yatomi City, Aichi Prefecture, died after being stabbed by a schoolmate. On Halloween last year, a 24-year-old man dressed as a Joker character caused a stabbing attack on the Tokyo subway that left 17 passengers injured.

Luster (Follow Straits Times)

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