Masahiro Kanagawa

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Masahiro Kanagawa police mug shot

Masahiro Kanagawa (金川 真大 Kanagawa Masahiro?, 1983 – February 21, 2013) was a Japanese man who went on a stabbing spree in the city of Tsuchiura on March 23, 2008, which left a 27-year-old man dead and seven others wounded. Police arrested Kanagawa, then 24, who was wanted in an earlier slaying of a 72-year-old man. The man told the investigators that he "just wanted to kill anyone".[1] The suspect, who carried two knives, stabbed the 27-year-old man to death and hurt at least seven others, while the victims were walking along a short hallway connecting Arakawaoki Station.[2] The 27-year-old died as he was being rushed to a nearby hospital.[3] Police said that Kanagawa liked games and that he hid out in Akihabara while escaping.[4] A part of mass media claimed that he murdered people under the influence of Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword.[5] He reportedly sought capital punishment.[2] Tomohiro Kato, who committed the Akihabara massacre, is alleged to have posted a message which referred to his case.[6]

The Mito District Court sentenced him to death on December 18, 2009,[7] and he was executed by hanging on February 21, 2013.[8]

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  1. ^ "Japanese man in stabbing frenzy". BBC News. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Suspect in stabbing spree sought death sentence". Asahi Shimbun. 2008-04-14. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Man wanted for murder goes on stabbing spree". 2008-03-23. Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Stabbing spree kills one, injures seven". The Japan Times. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Team Ninja responds to so-called "Ninja Gaiden" stabbing spree". Ars Technica. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  6. ^ 加藤容疑者、直前まで実況中継 (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2008-06-10. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Japanese man sentenced to death for stabbing spree". AsiaOne. Agence France-Presse. 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Japan hangs three death row inmates". BBC News. 2013-02-21.