Kanagawa prefectural police officers inside Car No. 16 of the Nozomi No. 265 bullet train, several cars from Car No. 12, where passengers were attacked by a knife-wielding man on June 9 (Provided by a passenger)

ODAWARA, Kanagawa Prefecture--A knife-wielding man attacked and killed a male passenger and seriously injured two women on a Shinkansen bullet train in Kanagawa Prefecture on June 9.

Ichiro Kojima, 22, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has admitted to the allegations, police said.

“I was in a foul mood,” police quoted him as saying. “(The victim) could have been anyone.”

The three victims were slashed in the neck and other parts around 9:50 p.m. on the Nozomi No. 265 between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, police said.

The train, bound from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, was brought to an emergency stop and taken to Odawara Station.

Kojima was holding a knife when police seized him at the station.

Kanagawa prefectural police believe the attack was indiscriminate but premeditated because another knife and what appeared to be a folding machete were found on the train.

Kotaro Umeda, a 38-year-old company employee from Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, was pronounced dead about an hour later at a hospital in Odawara.

Hospital officials said Umeda had suffered injuries in more than 10 locations on his upper body, such as the neck, forehead, abdomen, shoulders and chest.

A 27-year-old woman, who was cut in the left shoulder and abdomen, was discharged from the hospital around 1 p.m. The other woman, who suffered cuts in the head, neck and right hand, is expected to stay at the hospital for a couple of days. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Kojima told police that he is unemployed and from Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture.

A relative who lived with Kojima said the suspect had sounded suicidal.

“He was a quiet and gentle type,” the relative in his 50s told The Asahi Shimbun on June 10. “He had said things like, ‘I cannot see any meaning in my life. I will die,’ but I never dreamed he would commit (such a crime).”

He said Kojima left his home in Okazaki in January.