Japan: A Mass Slaughterhouse

In the midst of the evening rush hour in Osaka, Japan's second largest city, a carload of repairmen from the municipal gas company pulled up to a subway construction site in a thronged downtown district. They were there to check reports of a leak. Minutes after they had begun work, the driver of the service car switched on his ignition again, and a sheet of flame enveloped the vehicle. As the driver struggled free of the flames, hundreds of homeward-bound pedestrians crowded into the area. As it turned out, the blazing car was only a deadly preface. Moments after it...

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