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Suspect in Japanese rampage described as angry young man; INTERNATIONA.

The suspect in a knife rampage that killed seven in Tokyo was handed to prosecutors yesterday, amid reports he was an angry, lonely young man who meticulously planned the deadly attack.

Tomohiro Kato, a 25-year-old factory worker, was transferred from police custody to a holding cell at the Tokyo prosecutors' office, where he was expected to undergo further questioning over Sunday's attack in which he allegedly slammed a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians then jumped out and began a stabbing spree.

A police spokesman said Kato had at times broken down in tears during questioning. He said the suspect had been unapologetic, but otherwise co-operative.

Three people were killed by the impact of the truck and four died of stab wounds, police said. Ten were injured. Kato, blood spattered on his face and clothes, was arrested on the spot. It was the worst murder rampage in Tokyo in recent memory.

According to media reports, Kato told police he went to Akihabara the day before the rampage to plan his assault. The popular shopping district is a hangout for young people and a centre of Japan's comic book and computer game culture.

Police refused to confirm those reports.

Though the motive remained a mystery, more details came out about Kato's background and metamorphosis from award-winning high school tennis player to secluded and friendless temporary worker in a factory outside Tokyo.

Three days before the attack, Kato lost his temper at the car parts factory where he worked in Shizuoka, about 100 miles south west of Tokyo, said company executive Osamu Namai.
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Date:Jun 11, 2008
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