Akihabara pedestrian street to reopen two years after massacre

Akihabara pedestrian street to reopen two years after massacre

The roads of the electronics district will be closed to vehicles again on Sundays, starting next year
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Akihabara on June 15, 2008 when locals came out to mourn lives lost with flowers and comic books.

Two and a half years on from its darkest day, Akihabara is set to open its roads again to pedestrians.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and the Public Safety Committee have announced that Tokyo's most popular electronics area will close to vehicles on Sundays from January 23, 2011.

The area had been one of Tokyo's few pedestrian areas, popular with locals and tourists, until the shocking events on Sunday June 8, 2008 -- known as the "Akihabara massacre" -- in which seven people died at the hands of Tomohiro Kato.

According to Akihabara News, the area will be open for pedestrians between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and be patrolled by local residents and business owners alongside police. Fifty extra security cameras have also been installed around the area.



Robert Michael Poole is a specialist on the Japanese music and entertainment scene.

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