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A man who madly stabbed seven people to death in Japan has been executed.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the government had “executed the death sentence” of Tomohiro Kato, who drove a truck into a busy shopping district in Tokyo before slashing his victim in 2008.

Kato sent thousands of shoppers away when he crashed his rented truck into a group of pedestrians along the main street of the capital’s Akihabara district.

A composite image taken from surveillance camera footage shows Akihabara stabbing suspect Tomohiro Kato buying a knife at a military store in Fukui City, Japan June 6, 2008. Photo taken June 6, 2008. 2008. REUTERS / Kyodo (JAPAN).  JAPAN OUT.  NO COMMERCIAL SALE OR EDITION IN JAPAN.
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CCTV recorded Kato buying knives at a military store in Fukui city, Japan

The crime has sent shockwaves across the country known for its peaceful lifestyle.

Kato was sentenced to death for this crime – and his execution was ended by the Japanese Supreme Court in February 2015.

The highest court rejected Kato’s appeal to a lower sentence, describing his actions as “groundless for leniency”.

Flowers and drinks are provided to the victims Sunday in Tokyo's Akihabara district, Tokyo, June 11, 2008. Japanese police arrested 25-year-old Tomohiro Kato at the scene for driving a truck crashed into a crowd of shoppers on Sunday in Akihabara , Tokyo's largest electronics shopping district, and then walked down the street randomly bumping into people.  REUTERS / Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
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Flowers, and traditional food and drink were left in memory of the victims at the time of the tragedy

The suspect told police he was “tired of life” saying he had come to Akihabara “to kill people” and that he didn’t care about anyone.

Tomohiro Kato, who killed seven people and injured dozens more, lies on the ground as he is detained by police in Tokyo's Akihabara district on June 8, 2008 in this photo taken by a walker. set anonymous capture.  Kato, who said he was too tired of life, went on a rampage Sunday on a busy shopping street in Tokyo, stabbing passers-by in Akihabara, famous for its treats. discount electronics and maid cafes.  Photo taken June 8, 2008. QUALITY FROM REUTERS / Kyodo (JAPAN).  JAPAN OUT.  NO TRADE
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The first camera phone to record Tomohiro Kato in police custody

Along with 7 people killed, at least 10 people were injured. One of them, was a traffic cop helping pedestrians who were run over by Kato’s truck.

Tokyo’s Akihabara district, known as a hub for manga and anime subcultures.

Knife ownership laws have been tightened in Japan after Kato’s killing.



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