Japanese Man Gets Life Sentence Over Bullet Train Knife Rampage

Photo shows a car of the Nozomi shinkansen bullet train at JR Odawara Station in Odarawa, near Tokyo, on June 9, 2018, after the knife rampage.

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) — A Japanese court sentenced a man Wednesday to life in prison over a random knife attack aboard a shinkansen bullet train last year that left a passenger dead and two others injured.

Ichiro Kojima, 23, had admitted to the charges of murdering 38-year-old Kotaro Umeda and attempting to kill the two women during his trial at the Odawara branch of the Yokohama District Court in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.

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