Japan murders rose last year, social angst grows

The National Police Agency data on Thursday comes a day after a university professor was stabbed to death on campus in Tokyo, dominating newspaper headlines.

Japan murders rose last year, social angst grows
The number of murder cases in Japan rose by 8.4 percent to 1,300 last year as a series of high-profile cases highlighted growing angst over the economy and fraying family ties.

The National Police Agency data on Thursday comes a day after a university professor was stabbed to death on campus in Tokyo, dominating newspaper headlines.

Police have yet to capture the suspect, a man in a black knitted hat who was spotted fleeing the scene, media said.

Japan has relatively little violent crime, but a number of murder cases shocked the public last year.

A 25-year-old factory worker killed seven passers-by in a stabbing rampage on a busy Tokyo shopping street. He had posted messages on the Internet complaining about his work and loneliness.

In December, media reported that an 18-year-old girl fatally stabbed her father on Christmas Eve after a quarrel.

Reuters
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