The following paragraphs were taken from a news story posted at Yahoo! by Isabel Reynolds. For the complete transcript you can read it here- Blog warnings posted ahead of Tokyo knife rampage.
- The latest attack sparked talk among Tokyo residents of failing communities and declining morality in a country proud of its low .
- "Recently, peoples' Ikeda, who works in the publishing industry. "There's no-one to talk to when you're troubled." have become strained," said 29-year-old Taishi
- Japan's obsession with exam grades made many feel like failures and the decline of the extended family had also cut support for troubled youngsters, said Jinsuke Kageyama, a criminal psychologist at .
- " has entered a period of selfishness. People have the feeling that they can do anything," he said.
- "But when these people fail to fulfill themselves in socially acceptable ways, they are treated as losers and their frustration builds up," he added.
- "A series of disappointments can lead them to try to regain their sense of self through crime."
- Some members of the public pointed to an economic downturn and government policy as reasons for rising frustration.
- "Politicians don't think about the people, they raise taxes and change the healthcare system," said Kentaro Inoue, a 56-year-old worker for an architectural firm.
- "I think that's what breeds this violent behavior. People begin to hate society when they can't succeed."