Japan bans Halloween costumes on trains after 'Joker' massacre (photo, video)
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According to a statement from Tokyo rail operator Keio Corporation, Halloween costumes can scare others. The locals have not yet forgotten that a man dressed in a Joker costume set a fire in a train car and fatally injured an elderly woman.
Tokyo authorities asked residents not to enter trains in frightening costumes and remind about last year's tragic incident when a man dressed as the character Joaquin Phoenix from the movie “Joker” killed one and injured 17 other passengers on the Tokyo rail network. It is reported by Sora News 24.
“During Halloween, please do not board trains in costumes that may scare others,” rail operator Keio Corporation said in a statement.
Representatives of the company that operates the main routes in Japanese cities and suburbs confirmed that they plan to increase security measures and use more patrols during the holiday season.
On the evening of Halloween 2021, as the train stopped at Tefu Station, a 24-year-old man in a colorful suit stabbed a 72-year-old woman with a 30 cm knife. This incident happened in front of an overcrowded car.
When people ran away, a man in a Joker costume doused the train with a flammable liquid and set it on fire, as a result, the neighboring car was engulfed in flames.
Some of the passengers managed to reach the alarm button and report the incident to the driver. After an emergency stop at the next station, people had to get out of the windows.
When the ambulance arrived, they found the injured elderly woman already unconscious.
16 other victims were poisoned by smoke and were hospitalized.
One of the witnesses told reporters that it looked like some kind of festive number for Halloween.
He saw people in a panic they were stinging, and behind them was the “Joker” and brandishing a long bloody knife.