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Friday, 13th June 2008
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Akihabara ends pedestrian-only street following recent attack

Following the recent knife attack in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, a popular street will no longer be used for pedestrian-only access.

Previously unavailable to motorists on Sundays and public holidays, the recent violent incident has prompted the policy change by the Tokyo Metropolitan Public Safety Commission, reports Mainichi Daily News.

The city's Akihabara district is a popular shopping area for consumer electronics products among both tourists and locals.

Ward officials have confirmed that the policy will be reintroduced later in the year, stressing that it would be next month at the earliest.

The area's pedestrian-only route was first implemented in 1973.

On Sunday June 8th, the knife attack led to the injury of ten individuals and seven deaths.

Upon arrest, the perpetrator confirmed that he was "tired of the world" and that he was not discriminatory in his choice of victims.