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On a Tokyo train, an individual dressed as Joker, Batman’s enemy, left 18 people wounded on Halloween night, October 31. He wanted to be sentenced to death because of his failures in his life, according to the police.

The author of the October 31 attack on a Tokyo train that left 18 injured admired the character of the “Joker”, the archenemy of the superhero Batman, according to Japanese media. The Japanese government condemned his “atrocious” act on November 1.

The 24-year-old man was quickly arrested for attempted murder in the wake of his knife attack on the train on which he also started a fire, in the middle of Halloween, a very popular festival in Japan.

Eighteen people were hospitalized, according to a new report from the police and firefighters. A man in his seventies, stabbed in the chest, is in serious condition. “[L’agresseur] told the police that he wanted to kill someone to be sentenced to death, ”according to a spokesperson for the police interviewed on November 1 by AFP.

The perpetrator wanted to die because of the failures in his professional and personal life

Government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno on November 1 denounced an “atrocious and brutal” act. A video of a witness posted on Twitter showed the assailant sitting alone on the train just after his attack, nervously defiantly smoking a cigarette, waiting for police to come and stop him.

He was dressed in a purple frock coat and a green shirt with a patterned tie, which was reminiscent of the appearance of the “Joker” in the famous Batman universe. comics (American comic) many times brought to the cinema.

According to the Kyodo agency and the newspaper Sankei, the suspect told police his admiration for the “Joker”. He had “failed at work and in friendship and wanted to die”, reported the Sankei. The Joker is one of popular culture’s most famous fictional psychopaths.

Released in 2019, the American film of the same name directed by Todd Phillips imagined the socio-psychological process of an marginal suffering from mental disorders leading him to gradually transform into this monstrous character. The film had received critical acclaim, while also sparking controversy for making the Joker almost endearing, an anti-hero revolted against the violence of the system.

Assaults are very rare in Japan, where gun laws are otherwise extremely strict. However, in August, without being linked, two more attacks had already taken place in public transport in Tokyo.

While the Olympic Games were taking place in the Japanese capital, a knife attack on board another suburban train left ten people injured. Then on August 24, two people had suffered burns with sulfuric acid in a metro station in the capital. In both cases, the suspects, Japanese, were arrested soon after.

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