Japan’s most notorious criminal transported by shinkansen

Japan television is showing a mad scene at Tokyo Station on the midnight news with the night-time arrival of the country’s most notorious killer, Ichihashi (市橋) from Osaka. Only in Japan are criminals transported across the country by high speed rail. I cannot imagine what it would be like to share a public rail car with a violent criminal.

For Japanese, the speed and efficiency of the rails make it a natural way to transport even the worst criminals. The police took him by car from Tokyo Station to Chiba. This is the end of a two year search, with the suspect hiding through cross-dressing and plastic surgery.