2010 Habikino shooting

The 2010 Habikino shooting was a deadly spree shooting which occurred at a drinking establishment located just south of Eganoshō Station in Habikino, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on 12 January 2010.

2010 Habikino shooting
Habikino in Osaka Prefecture Ja.svg
Location of Habikino in Osaka
LocationIichan bar, Habikino, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Date12 January 2010
20:00 JST (UTC+09:00)
Attack type
Mass shooting
Deaths4 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorYasuhisa Sugiura

The attack was carried out by 49-year-old Yasuhisa Sugiura (Japanese: 杉浦 泰久[1]). Three people, including the gunman's mother-in-law, were shot dead before the perpetrator committed suicide.[2]

Shooting incidents such as these are rare in Japan.[3][4][5]

The perpetratorEdit

Yasuhisa Sugiura, 49, was a government employee in Japan's second-largest city Osaka. According to police, he was involved in a "troubled marriage" with a 48-year-old woman.[6]


On 12 January 2010, Sugiura went to the Ii-chan bar to discuss a divorce with his mother-in-law, 66-year-old Yoshiko Tanaka (Japanese: 田中 美子[1]), who would subsequently become one of his victims.[6][7] The bar was open for business and had other customers inside; Sugiura's wife was possibly one of them. Sugiura then departed. Sugiura came back armed with a rifle and opened fire at approximately 20:00 that evening, killing three people. Two of Sugiura's targets — the mother-in-law and a 23-year-old bar employee named Tatsuya Fukui (Japanese: 福井 達也[1]) — died immediately; a third, 49-year-old bar landlord Hiroto Uehara (Japanese: 上原 浩人[1]), died shortly thereafter.[7] Witnesses described the rifle shots as "three or four blunt bangs"; a pool of blood was left in front of the bar.[6]

Sugiura then exited the bar and shot himself in the abdomen, killing himself.[6]


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  4. ^ "Japan gunman kills himself after shooting two people: police". The Times of India. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Gunman Kills 2, Wounds 1 in Japanese Bar Shooting". ABC News. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d "Man guns down 3 people in Osaka bar, commits suicide". The Mainichi Daily News. 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on January 16, 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Gunman kills three in bar, self". The Japan Times. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.