A 45-year-old electronics professor at Chuo University in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward was stabbed to death on Wednesday, police said. Hajime Takakubo, who taught in the department of Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering, was found bleeding with more than 10 stab wounds to his chest, back and hands in a toilet around 10:30 a.m. by a student who alerted a security officer. Takakubo was taken to hospital but died about one hour later.
Several people witnessed a man in his 30s, wearing a black coat and black cap, leave the toilet just before the victim was found, police said.
The weapon used to attack the professor has yet to be found, police said.
Takakubo was found lying in the bathroom on the fourth floor of the No. 1 building of the university's Korakuen Campus, and the man ran from there, police and school officials said.
Takakubo's office is on the same floor and he was expected to give a lecture at 10:40 a.m.
An acquaintance of Takakubo's appeared shocked by the incident, saying, ''He was a gentle person and not the kind who has arguments with others.''
A sophomore who came to the campus to attend Takakubo's class said, ''He was always smiling and I have never heard that he was involved in trouble.''
Takakubo was an expert in electronic circuits used in televisions and mobile phones.© News reports