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Japanese students injured in stabbing during entrance exams - media

Japanese students injured in stabbing during entrance exams - media

Saturday, January 15, 2022, 13:19 GMT+7
Japanese students injured in stabbing during entrance exams - media
A police investigator speaks to another person at the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters

TOKYO -- Several high school students sitting their university entrance exam in Tokyo were wounded on Saturday in an apparent knife attack, Japanese media said.

Public broadcaster NHK said three people were conscious after being injured in the morning when another student attacked them with a bladed object as they gathered to take their entrance exam.

The alleged assailant, a 17-year old high school student, was arrested, the Asahi newspaper said.

Police officers inspect the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Police officers inspect the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Half a million high school students across Japan are taking the annual university entrance exams this weekend in hundreds of venues across the country.

Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department said it could not comment on the details of the attack nor confirm any arrests.

Police officers inspect at the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Police officers inspect at the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Violent crimes are exceedingly rare in Japan, but there have been a spate of knife attacks by assailants unknown to the victims.

In October, a man dressed in Batman's Joker costumestabbed more than a dozen people on a train carriage in Tokyo, sending passengers screaming down the aisles of train carriages and scrambling out of windows to escape. A few months earlier, a man wounded several people in a knife attack on a Tokyo commuter train.

A man moves a bicycle as police officers inspect the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters
A man moves a bicycle as police officers inspect the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Emergency personnel are seen at the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Emergency personnel are seen at the site where a stabbing incident happened at an entrance gate of Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2022. Photo: Reuters

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