Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Two women killed in Japan shrine attack

Two women killed in Japan shrine attack

A woman aged in her 30s who was with Shigenaga Tomioka attacked and stabbed the driver of the vehicle with a Japanese sword, police said.

Also, a woman aged in her 30s who was with Shigenaga Tomioka attacked and stabbed the driver of the auto with another katana, police said.

The attack began around 8:25 p.m., when Shigenaga Tomioka attacked his sister with a Japanese sword as she exited her auto on the shrine grounds.

Her driver reportedly has also been wounded.

The brother is then believed to have killed the woman before committing suicide.

Nagako Tomioka, chief priestess of Tomioka Hachimangū, was brutally murdered by her younger brother Shigenaga. At a spot about 100 meters away from the auto, she slashed his right shoulder, leaving him with a non-life-threatening injury.


The almost 400-year-old Tomioka Hachimangu shrine is known for its close ties to sumo and holding one of Tokyo's three big Shinto festivals.

A Shinto priestess has been stabbed to death at a famous Japanese shrine by a man wielding a Samurai sword who then killed another woman before killing himself.

The Times says authorities suspect a dispute between the brother and sister over the Shinto shrine's chief priest position.

Shigenaga Tomioka was arrested some 10 years ago for blackmailing his sister.

Founded in 1627, Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine is located about 300 meters from Tokyo Metro's Monzen-Nakacho Station. After he left the post of chief priest in 2001, he sent a threatening postcard to his sister in January 2006 in which he wrote, among other things, that he would send her to hell. The almost 400-year-old shrine is known for its close ties to sumo and holding one of Tokyo's three big Shinto festivals.

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