Tuesday, 9th September 2008
In General Japan News,
Banned: Sale of daggers to under-18s
The sale of daggers to people under the age of 18 in Japan is to be prohibited, it has been announced.
In a stabbing incident on June 8th, seven people were left dead and ten were injured in the Akihabara district of Tokyo.
As a result, the metropolitan government in Tokyo has decided to ban the sale and transfer of the weapons to young people, reports the Daily Yomiuri Online.
Following a meeting on Monday (September 8th), the Promotional Council for the Sound and Healthy Development of Tokyo Youth confirmed that the measures would be implemented.
Investigations conducted by authorities in Tokyo found that around 100 shops in the capital have daggers and various kinds of combat knives on sale.
The Mainichi Daily News reported recently that almost 2,400 stores across Japan sell daggers and other knives that could be used as dangerous weapons.