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Akihabara Fatal Rampage Victims Remembered 16 Years On

Akihabara Fatal Rampage Victims Remembered 16 Years On

   Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)--Victims of the 2008 fatal rampage in Tokyo's busy Akihabara district were remembered Saturday, the 16th anniversary of the indiscriminate attack, which left seven people dead and 10 others injured.
   Prayers and flowers were offered at the intersection where the incident occurred.
   "I feel uneasy if I don't come here on this day," said a 45-year-old company worker from Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, who witnessed the incident 16 years ago and visits the scene almost every year.
   "There was a tense atmosphere," a 54-year-old company employee from Yokohama, near Tokyo, said of the scene he saw soon after the incident. "Although the death penalty was carried out (on the attacker), it didn't make any difference."
   A woman, 72, who works near the site said that those killed must have had a future, such as getting married and having a family. "It was a terrible incident, and I don't want it to be forgotten."

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