• Kyodo


The head of a Tokyo foster home was stabbed to death Monday by a man who said he used to live there and wanted revenge, according to the police.

Hitoshi Tahara, 22, was arrested at the scene on Monday after the police received an emergency call from the facility at around 1:50 p.m. The home’s chief, Shinya Omori, 46, was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital.

The suspect has admitted to stabbing Omori, telling investigators he resented the time he spent at the foster home and wanted to attack anyone working there, according to the police.

When police rushed to the scene, Omori was found with multiple stab wounds, and what appeared to be the blade of a kitchen knife was still stuck in his body, investigators said Tuesday.

Police believe Tahara stabbed Omori several times, as the wounds were deep and the handle of the knife had come off.

Tahara lived at the Wakakusaryo facility in Shibuya Ward for three years through March 2015.

Tahara told police that he bought the knife at a ¥100 shop in the city of Saitama a few weeks before the attack. Recently, he had been staying at an internet cafe near the ¥100 shop, according to the police.

Police also revealed that a male staff member at the facility had been hit by Tahara and sustained a light injury.

Surveillance camera footage shows Tahara entering the building through an unlocked door on the first floor at around five minutes before the emergency call to police.

The police believe he headed directly to Omori’s room on the same floor. The children at the facility were safe as they were in their rooms on the second and third floors, the police said.

About 30 children live at the facility, which has about 30 staff, according to its website. It provides foster care to children under 18. There are about 600 such foster homes nationwide, housing about 25,000 children.

After moving out of Wakakusaryo, Tahara lived by himself in an apartment in Tokyo introduced by the facility. But he told police he was kicked out of the apartment in September last year due to delays in rent payments.

Omori co-authored a book about supporting the independence of children raised in foster homes that was published in 2015.

“(Omori) always thought about children seriously,” said Somei Muto, a longtime friend who manages similar facilities. “I can’t accept his death at all. I can’t believe it.”

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