The Supreme Court turned down an appeal Friday by a 44-year-old man who had been sentenced to death for a vehicle and stabbing rampage in 1999 at a train station in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, that killed five people and left 10 others wounded.

The top court's decision is set to finalize the sentence of Yasuaki Uwabe, who was a truck driver.

Under the Code of Criminal Procedure, Uwabe can still file an objection with the top court. But such an objection would be limited to technicalities such as an error in wording, if any, in the decision, and the top court has rarely accepted such an objection.