At least nine people were seriously injured, one seriously injured when a driver purposely plowed his car into a crowd to celebrate New Year's Eve along a famous street in Japan's capital, Tokyo, according to police and media reports.
A 21-year-old man drove a small vehicle into Takeshita Street, Tokyo's fashion district of Harajuku, at 10 minutes past midnight (15:10 GMT) on Monday, a police spokesman said in agency.
The driver identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested on the scene on suspicion of murder.
According to NHK national radio station, he told police that he had "retaliation for the" death penalty "without giving details.
NHK footage showed a small box truck with a shattered front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers transported in ambulance.
"It's a shock. Really scary, right? "One employee told NHK.
The police had immediately locked themselves off the street where many people were celebrating the arrival of 201
One college student was seriously injured during the attack and underwent surgery According to local media, Kusakabe struck a total of eight people and attacked another person on the street, which was closed to traffic at the time when the night owls were gorging the area to the arrival of 2019
Takeshita Street is full of small shops and is considered the center of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of international tourists every day.
Unlike other major cities, the New Year in Tokyo is a relatively modest affair.  There is no major fireworks and no central point where revelers gather.