Japan: The scary words that alleged Joker assailant Kyota Hattori told police moments after the arrest

An aviator who admired the Joker from Batman and dressed up as him to carry out a Halloween attack on a Tokyo train “wanted to kill lots of people” and planned his movements over months, police and media say.

The stabbing and arson, which briefly sent fire in a train carriage, were carried out Sunday night as many partygoers marched into Tokyo to celebrate Halloween.

It sent passengers screaming down the aisles of train carriages and crawling out of the windows to escape.

A man in his 70s remains in a serious condition with stab wounds to his torso, and 16 others were treated for minor injuries, mostly smoke inhalation, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Kyota Hattori, 24, dressed in multicolored clothing as the joker, was arrested on the spot and later told investigators, “I wanted to kill lots of people, I wanted the death penalty,” the spokesman said.

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Shown in video footage of him sitting on a seat in the train car and quietly smoking a cigarette prior to the attack, Hattori bought the knife he used over the internet and carried four liters of lighter fluid in plastic bottles as he entered Tokyo, which was about to be full. with costumed partygoers for Halloween, media said.

Hattori, who told investigators that “work and friends were not doing well”, may have started planning the attack as early as June, when he quit his job in the southwestern city of Fukuoka and began moving east and staying for periods in bigger cities. en route until he reached Tokyo a month ago, reports said.

A 24-year-old man dressed in Batman's Joker costume is said to have attacked passengers on a train line in Tokyo and injured 17 people as many partygoers marched into the city center for Halloween.
Camera iconA 24-year-old man dressed in Batman’s Joker costume is said to have attacked passengers on a train line in Tokyo and injured 17 people as many partygoers marched into the city center for Halloween. Credit: Twitter/Delivered
Firefighters gather at Kokuryo Station
Camera iconJapanese media say an attacker spread liquid around the train and started a fire. Credit: AP

When Hattori apparently chose Halloween because he knew Tokyo would be crowded, Hattori left his hotel in the afternoon and took a train to the Shibuya district, popular with young people and famous for its Halloween street party, where costumed partygoers gather.

He then took a train away from the city but then switched to another on his way back in and was filled with people where he carried out the attack, the reports said, which police declined to confirm.

Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito told a news conference on Tuesday that the government had asked train companies to increase their vigilance to prevent further attacks.

“The trains are essential to the life of the community and it is extremely important to be able to feel safe while riding them,” he said.

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