Discussion: Japan Knife Attack

Japan was shocked to hear about the knife attack on residents of a care center for the disabled that left 19 dead and another 25 wounded. The assailant handed himself over to the police shortly afterwards, saying he wanted to kill disabled people. It was one of the most lethal homicide attacks in Japan’s history, and has shattered the nation’s image as one of the safest countries in the world, adding to growing global fears over numerous mass attacks on civilians in recent weeks. Former editor of the Japan Times Yoichi Shimatsu, Yang Mingjie from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations and Victor Gao Zhikai from the China National Association of International Studies discussed how the knife attack exposed problems in Japanese society, and the increasing frequency of such incidents worldwide.

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