Regarding the June 9 article “Akihabara marks year since attack“: I wonder, how much did the temporary employment status of Tomohiro Kato (the man charged with running down pedestrians and fatally stabbing passersby on June 8, 2008) contribute to his feelings of hopelessness and his desire to gain recognition in life somehow?
The fact that temporary workers have fewer rights in the workplace may explain Kato’s paranoia about losing his job. I’ve read two reports that conflict over whether Kato was about to lose his job late in June 2008 or whether he only believed he would lose it due to an incident in which he had walked out in the belief that he was being disrespected.
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