Blog shows insight into Akihabara murder suspect's mind
A mature couple who live separately went back to their “home” by taxi to tell the media about their 25-year-old son, Tomohiro Kato, who killed seven people and injured 10 others in a rampage at Akihabara on June 8.
“They didn’t talk at all in the taxi. They didn’t even cry or hold hands. They just looked very exhausted and the atmosphere was ‘cold,’” said the taxi driver who took them to their house where they no longer live together for the press conference two days after the murders.
Kato’s father repeatedly said “I’m sorry,” while his wife couldn’t even stand up. She just went down on her knees as if she was begging forgiveness.
“My parents’ egos destroyed my dreams when I was a kid,” Kato wrote on his blog, one of many entries that showed hostility toward his parents. “When I became a junior high school student, they became powerless to control me, so they gave up on me.”
The one thing that emerges from Kato’s blog is his feelings of inferiority. “I don’t have a girlfriend or any friends at all.” He indicates his antagonism toward women and girls by saying, “A woman on the train wouldn’t sit next to me even though there was space for her. I’m a loser even on a train.” In another entry, he writes: “It is raining today. Couples are walking together under the same umbrella. I’m just playing sex video games alone.”
A neighbor says Kato was a very smart boy until he went on to high school which his parents were proud of. “When I asked him if he liked studying, he said ‘Not at all. That’s because I already know everything.’ His young brother was also regarded as being smart. He was nicknamed the ‘human calculator.’” The neighbor says Kato’s father was a disciplinarian and his mother obsessed with education.
Kato went to the top high school in Aomori Prefecture. But it was soon revealed that he wasn’t that good a student. “He wanted to go to Hokkaido University when he was a first-year student. But soon he became crazy about video games. He couldn’t get along with his parents,” says a relative.
Kato finally gave up on going to the university but decided to study mechanical engineering at a two-year college. He tried to transfer to a university but he couldn’t. He couldn’t even obtain any qualifications as an engineer at the college. Changing jobs several times, he got a job at a car parts factory in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Kato’s colleague at the factory, to whom he gave some music CDs before the rampage, seems to be one of his few close friends. The colleague says, “When I visited his apartment, I found beer cans, anime and game DVDs all over the floor. He is really a ‘Akiba guy.’” He adds, “I think he has a strong interest in sex. He said to me, ‘I’m now interested in real women, not anime ones. I prefer small girls with cute voices like anime characters and who look good in cosplay costumes.’ He seems interested in photo books of 12- to 13-year-old girls at bookshops.” (Translated by Taro Fujimoto)