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Suspect in Tokyo train attack says he adores Batman villain Joker

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He expressed regret at failing to kill anyone in the attack, the police said.

That's just horrifying.

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Unfortunately, all the notoriety he is getting is going to inspire others.

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Media will keep showing the image of him smoking in the train, and that's a win for him.

As usual, there will be plenty of air time about halloween, the Joker and customs, but not a single second of analysis of what leads a person from childhood to this situation or why nobody ever in his life noticed anything troublesome about him.

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Unfortunately, all the notoriety he is getting is going to inspire others with the same thoughts. Perhaps next time it will be Squid Game.

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Please dont give this vermin any more oxygen through the media. Its what the scum craves.

He needs to be locked up forever, and hung if any of those poor victims die.

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Perhaps next time it will be Squid Game.

That would require rather more logistical financial planning.

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Next typical Japanese countermeasure to prevent such attacks from happening again: ban selling all kitchen knives and all sharp kitchen utensils.

But the only way to stop a bad guy with a knife is a good guy with a knife.

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Unfortunately, all the notoriety he is getting is going to inspire others.

An unfortunate but good point.

I remember before the Internet politicians talked about the ‘oxygen of publicity’ and how we should starve terrorists and other filth of it. A reasonable argument.

I’m not sure we can do that to any meaningful degree anymore.

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R. T.Today  05:10 pm JST

Next typical Japanese countermeasure to prevent such attacks from happening again: ban selling all kitchen knives and all sharp kitchen utensils.

Where did you read that the perpetrator used a Kitchen knife?

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Hattori was also quoted as saying he had failed in work and had troubles in relationships with his friends.

Let's hope this incident adds to his failures.

Hoping the man in critical condition and others injured survive and make full recovery

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Typical Japanese response: train is is 50 cm away from the exact position. Keep doors closed and let people die cos it is shouganai.

I'm actually glad that the train has that automated mechanism not to open unless it is aligned with the doors. I'm sure if the doors suddenly opened while in between, people may get trapped or crushed on the home doors and then you can bet there will people saying how unsafe the system is.

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Typical Japanese response: train is is 50 cm away from the exact position. Keep doors closed and let people die cos it is shouganai.

I'm actually glad that the train has that automated mechanism not to open unless it is aligned with the doors. I'm sure if the doors suddenly opened while in between, people may get trapped or crushed on the home doors and then you can bet there will people saying how unsafe the system is.

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Agree with @Jimizo 5:38pm. While it would be better to focus attention on the victims and the crimes rather than validating someone’s delusional fantasy, media will continue to profit from this circus.

- “we should starve terrorists and other filth of it. A reasonable argument. I’m not sure we can do that to any meaningful degree anymore.” -

From the evening TV reports, the perpetrator just looks like some salaryman schlub in poorly coordinated attire and less of the maniacal & menacing threat he envisioned himself.

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another man-child obsessed with comic book characters meant for pre-teens.

Its another epidemic thats gone unchecked for years.

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This person will be looking forward to spending the rest of his days in an institution for the criminal insane, medicated up to the eyebrows.

In a dribbling vegetative state, unable to recognize the Joker if walked up to him stared him in the face stating….

“As you know, madness is like gravity…all it takes is a little push.

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He should have just sentenced himself to death (i.e. killed himself) if he is that intent on dying. Guess he wants someone else to do that for him, too....

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I'm actually glad that the train has that automated mechanism not to open unless it is aligned with the doors. I'm sure if the doors suddenly opened while in between, people may get trapped or crushed on the home doors and then you can bet there will people saying how unsafe the system is.

I wouldn't be glad to be trapped with a knife-wielding maniac. There may be other reasons why a train comes to a halt prior to a station - an accident, a fire etc. The driver must have manual override of automated systems.

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You don't seriously believe that this deranged lunatic is destined for some cozy tax payer sponsored health farm?

He is going to have his head rinsed, he won't recognize who is staring back at him when placed in front of a mirror.

17 victims, there families and the wider commuting public want action and answers.

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Perhaps next time it will be Squid Game.

That would require rather more logistical financial planning.

Not if we're talking about the face-slapping scene from ep 1 lol. Other than that, I can't imagine how any of that stuff could be recreated on a train

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Hattori was also quoted as saying he had failed in work and had troubles in relationships with his friends.

and looks like you failed in this too, Hattori. What CAN you do? I mean besides piss people off?

I hope every single one of those passengers that were affected, get revenge on you somehow.

Hopefully the older gentlemen with complications survives this nonsense.

completely unnecessary and ver disgusting act.

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When the Joker movie was released there were predictions that there would be copycat crimes committed by deranged fans of the character. I don’t believe this is the first.

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Instead of calling this guy a "JOKER" they should immediately name him a "CRIMINAL".

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This was done on a Halloween day. Sounds planned out to me. if any one is scared watch your back on the trains never let your hair down too many phone zombies not paying attention to there surrounds. As for Japan saying they all have some sort of martial art skills.. you must be regarding to the Chinese. Japanese has nothing to do with much martial arts other than Judo karate but the only mechanism for defense is to be on goard keep your head up instead of spaced out on your zombie phones. Do not panic and jackey chen jump the dudes rear end. human instict is to flee tell that to the US ARMY and Marines they will laugh.

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Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

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Give this loser what he wants as soon as possible. Hang him from the neck until he is dead. And good riddance to bad rubbish.

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the sad and scary thing is that there is no Batman to save anyone.

Reality has only "jokers" it seems.

terrible thing he did.

so excuse to do that to anyone

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I often hear stories about how mental illness is neglected in Japan... Sadly, this guy is a real life example of the Joker movie and a guy who wasn't able to get the treatment he needed...

Good thing he only had access to knives.... Even a backpack or a sturdy shoe can put up a pretty good defense against that.

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Its operator Keio Corp said the train did not stop at the right position and that staff decided not to open any doors to prevent passengers from falling through a gap between the train and the platform. The driver was unaware of what had happened on the train at that time, the company said

What !?!

Millions of people being moved around by train every day in the capital of Japan and no cameras in the carriages?

So, if a train carriage is ablaze and people are being stabbed then there is no way out?

Oh dear….

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It's hard to imagine why investigators would publicize statements given by a subject. For one reason, it is giving the suspect the notoriety he craves. In the USA, it would be seen as grounds for prejudicing a potential jury pool and denying the suspect the right of a fair trial.

While it is tempting to support the death penalty in this case, since the suspect claims to want it, it would be more of a punishment to keep him locked up until he reaches his expiration date.

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I'm actually glad that the train has that automated mechanism not to open unless it is aligned with the doors. I'm sure if the doors suddenly opened while in between, people may get trapped or crushed on the home doors and then you can bet there will people saying how unsafe the system is.

If you were trapped in that train then you will be singing a different tune! It’s easier to write what you wrote since you were not in that train and not in the life or death situation!

The driver(s) of the train could have easily opened the doors by overriding the system ( as it’s always done in emergencies) ! Less people would have been injured if they had done so! Luckily no one died…if there were deaths then the train company themselves would have been looking at this issue of why the doors weren’t opened sooner in a life and death situation!

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@zichi

What you say is fine in theory but in this case people were injuring themselves jumping out of train windows…

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That guy is a real nutter in his own world.

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I think the conductor should have video cameras in every car so that he or she can see what is happening to prevent this kind of thing happening. I am sure safety is number one for Train Lines right? So why would you not put video cameras in every car and / or a policeman or women on every train?

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Less people would have been injured if they had done so! Luckily no one died…if there were deaths then the train company themselves would have been looking at this issue of why the doors weren’t opened sooner in a life and death situation!

Actually, a friend of mine who was on that train said that the incident happened far from the driver, so the driver couldn't immediately be aware of the incident. And no one was hurt because the doors didn't immediately open. All injuries occurred in the vicinity of the criminal. Now, if the criminal had continued to chase them to where they were trapped and continued to stab more people, then it would have been an issue.

I place the sole blame on this lunatic. He wanted to death penalty. I know this may sound harsh, but he took the coward's way of hurting others rather than doing it to himself. If he wanted to die, then he could without the cost of hurting other people. Don't try to shift blame of this criminal!

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arrested on suspicion of attempted murder..........he said he wanted to kill people......there is no suspicion....

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He's a failure in more ways than one.

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The outfit isn't that of the Joker. As someone else already said, the Yoshikage Kira's suit (JoJo).

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Following the incident, the transport ministry asked all the railway companies in Japan to strengthen vigilance to ensure safety.

Other than being extra paranoid and "on alert" not much the authorities can do. They've already removed most garbage cans from the train platforms and stations. Its not like they can afford to put "train marshals" on every train. This will only cause more inconvenience to the average passenger. If they really wanted to prevent this type of thing, they need to invest in mental health services.

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The Joker was a sympathetic character until he started killing people. Maybe, just maybe, this guy was too. Not anymore.

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The outfit isn't that of the Joker. As someone else already said, the Yoshikage Kira's suit (JoJo).

Jojo are like the new annoying foreign subculture of the internet. He has said several times that he wants to be the Joker.

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I am surprised he didn't say he adores Hello Kitty" now that would be a different take.

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The outfit isn't that of the Joker.

Jojo are like the new annoying foreign subculture of the internet. He has said several times that he wants to be the Joker.

So, he adores the Joker, but his suit has Yoshikage Kira written all over it.

O,U,T, F, I, T spells outfit, doesn't it?

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