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Kazumichi Ikeda
Occupation Farmer
Born ca. 1935
Died

January 31, 1980(1980-01-31) (aged 44)
Nigishima, Japan

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date January 31, 1980
5:30 p.m.
Location(s) Nigishima, Japan
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Injured 3
Weapon(s) Shotgun
Axe

Kazumichi Ikeda was a Japanese farmer who killed seven people and wounded three others, two of them seriously, in Nigishima, a village near Kumano, Japan on January 31, 1980.

Ikeda, who reportedly became neurotic after his oldest son's hospitalisation, was upset, because his wife had invited their neighbours to discuss his mental condition. At about 5:30 p.m. that afternoon the 44-year-old armed himself with an axe and a shotgun, and first hacked to death his mother and two little children, before shooting two of his sisters, his brother, and a brother-in-law. He also wounded his wife, and a neighbour, as well as another person. When police arrived at the scene Ikeda was standing on the porch, apparently drunk, and when he was ordered to surrender he shot himself.[1][2][3]

The 1985 film Himatsuri by Mitsuo Yanagimachi was inspired by the crime.[4][5]

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