The initial plan of the author of the accident on a pedestrian street in Tokyo that left nine injured on New Year's Eve was burning the vehicle elsewhere, but he threw himself into the winding when he could not light the kerosene he was carrying.
"Before the incident I tried to burn the kerosene I had in the car in another place, but it did not go well and I got in the car with the car," revealed the only detainee, Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, in the interrogations with the police. , that tries to clarify the motivation of the attack, picked up today the Japanese public network NHK.
It has not been specified where exactly I wanted to burn the vehicle.
Nine people were injured in the accident this Tuesday, including a 19-year-old man who is in critical condition and a person who was slightly injured when hit by the driver when he left the car to escape.
Kusakabe, arrested for attempted murder, was driving a rented vehicle in the city of Osaka (west), with which he entered and traveled about 140 meters on Takeshita Street in Harajuku, in the sector of Shibuya, closed to traffic for the celebrations of New Year.
Shibuya is a district of Tokyo where many Japanese tend to attend the New Year celebrations. The events occurred ten minutes after the entry in 2019.
After the multiple hit the responsible person tried to escape, but was later arrested by the police. The security forces found about 20 liters of kerosene inside the vehicle.
According to information gathered by the Kyodo news agency, Kusakabe told the police that he intended to enter with the vehicle at the Meiji Jingu Shrine, near where the accident occurred and where thousands of people go to pray on the first day of the year, but he could not do it because of the traffic controls.
On his motivation, the young man told the police that he had arrived in Tokyo to commit a "terrorist attack" in retaliation "against the death penalty system", without specifying a specific execution.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police is investigating the details of this allegation and trying to clarify the author's motives.
Fifteen people were executed in Japan in 2018, thirteen of them members of the Supreme Truth sect, responsible for the attack with sarin gas in the Tokyo subway of 1995.