A man wielding two long-blade knives stabbed 17 schoolgirls and two adults at a bus stop in a suburb southwest of Tokyo, according to the police. One of the girls, an 11-year-old, and a 39-year-old man died in the assault, and the attacker fatally stabbed himself.
It was a shocking event for a country where violent crime is rare and the kinds of mass shootings that have devastated schools across the United States have never occurred because of strict gun-control laws.
The attack took place in the Noborito-Shinmachi area of Kawasaki, less than 300 yards from the local train station, where many students had arrived that morning before walking to the bus stop. Fourteen of the 18 girls who were stabbed were in first grade.