A Nation Weeps

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Schoolchildren accompanied by their parents leave the elementary school in Osaka where a man killed eight students on Friday, June 8

Monday, June. 11, 2001 This week people in Japan woke up in a very different country. Last Friday's grisly massacre of eight schoolchildren in Osaka has prompted the expected cycle of reactions and human emotions. First, there was the numbness, the disbelief that such a barbaric act had occurred. Then the pain and grieving over the innocents, the children who died at the hands of a madman. As details about the suspect and reports of his chilling confession emerged, mournfulness turned to anger. And now, inevitably, the question of why: Why...