Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Three dead in Tokyo shrine stabbings

Three dead in Tokyo shrine stabbings

The head priest of a prominent shrine in Tokyo was ambushed and killed with a samurai sword, apparently by her brother, who then took his own life, police said Friday.

Also, a woman aged in her 30s who was with Shigenaga Tomioka attacked and stabbed the driver of the auto with another katana, police said.

The Times says authorities suspect a dispute between the brother and sister over the Shinto shrine's chief priest position.

Her driver reportedly has also been wounded.

After receiving emergency reports of a rampage with a blade, police rushed to the site and found four bleeding people near the shrine in the Tomioka district of Tokyo's Koto Ward.

Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess of Tomioka Hachimangū in Tokyo, was attacked by Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, as she got out of a vehicle on Thursday evening. His injuries were nonetheless non-life threatening, the newspaper said.

Shigenaga is believed to have later stabbed the woman's chest and stomach before killing himself at the shrine, located about 400 meters east of Monzennakacho station on the Tozai subway line.

A blood-stained samurai sword and survival knife were retrieved from the scene.

He was arrested in 2006 after sending his sister letters with death threats, according to the Asahi daily.

The shrine, established in 1627, is known for its annual Fukagawa Hachiman festival, one of Tokyo's three major festivals from the Edo period.

The assailant, identified as 56-year-old Shigenaga Tomioka, attacked his 58-year-old sister sister Nagako Tomioka, the shrine's chief priestess, with a Samurai sword and killed her after she got off from a chauffeur-driven vehicle. The almost 400-year-old shrine is known for its close ties to sumo and holding one of Tokyo's three big Shinto festivals.

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