JAPAN CONFORMS: From new hires at Japan Airlines Co. to welcoming new ministry workers at Department of Defense, it’s all about conformity in Japan.
Top Series: A Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) group companies’ new employee, third from right, holds a paper plane while standing in line with other new employees during a welcoming ceremony at the company’s hangar near Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The jobless rate dropped to 3.6% in the worldís third-largest economy according to data released on March 28. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg
Bottom series: New ministry workers bow during a welcome ceremony for them at Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Japan relaxed a decades-old ban on military-related exports Tuesday in a bid to expand joint arms development with allies and equipment sales to Southeast Asia and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for
the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing
19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the
bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death.
he was done, Kanagawa prefectural authorities said, 26-year-old Satoshi
Uematsu had left dead or injured nearly a third of the almost 150
patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes in the early Tuesday
attack. It is Japan’s deadliest mass killing in decades. The fire
department said 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously.
camera footage played on TV news programs showed a man driving up in a
black car and carrying several knives to the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility
in Sagamihara, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Tokyo. The man broke in
by shattering a window at 2:10 a.m., according to a prefectural health
official, and then set about slashing the patients’ throats.
fire department official Kunio Takano said the attacker killed 10 women
and nine men. The youngest was 19, the oldest 70. (AP)
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