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Japan: One man dead, six hurt after stabbing spree

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  • Report: Man was seen indiscriminately slashing people with a sickle
  • Police arrested a 42-year-old vendor, Toshiaki Arai
  • Man told police he was angry that customers had made fun of him
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TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- One person was killed and six others injured Saturday when a man went on a stabbing rampage in central Japan -- the latest in a series of such sprees in the country in the last few months.

The attacks occured during a festival at a shrine in Ishikawa Prefecture, when a man was seen indiscriminately slashing people with a sickle, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Police arrested a 42-year-old vendor, Toshiaki Arai, and charged him with killing a 30-year-old man and wounding six others, Kyodo said.

The Associated Press reported that Arai told police he was angry that customers had made fun of him.

Police say Yohei Okada died from severe blood loss shortly after the stabbing. Among the six other men injured, two remain hospitalized Sunday afternoon, AP said.

In June, a man ran over a group of people with his truck and then stabbed 18, killing at least 7, in a video game district of downtown Tokyo. Twelve others were wounded, police said.

The following month, a woman stabbed seven men at a train station outside Tokyo after unsuccessfully trying to slit her wrist.

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