Eugene Hoshiko / AP
An apparent murder-suicide with a samurai sword in a religious shrine in Tokyo has left the priestess dead, along with her aggressor brother and his girlfriend.
Thursday night's attack at the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, established in 1627, captured by nearby security cameras.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police believe that Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, and his girlfriend, in their 30s, ambushed their 58-year-old sister, Nagako Tomioka, who was the main priestess of the sanctuary. The sister's driver was also attacked.
The Japan Times reports that the police suspect that Shigenaga Tomioka killed his sister, stabbing her in the chest and stomach with a knife while his partner chased the driver with a traditional Japanese sword, cutting him in the arm and chest. However, his injuries were not life-threatening, according to the newspaper.
According to Times "the two attackers moved to the place of the sanctuary, where Shigenaga Tomioka stabbed his accomplice in the chest and stomach and then stabbed himself in the left side of the chest several times".
Kyodo news agency reports that only one samurai sword was found on the scene, but the newspaper says two were found.
Times says authorities suspect a dispute between brother and sister over the position of Shinto priesthood chief.
The newspaper reports: "Shigenaga Tomioka was arrested 10 years ago for blackmailing her sister After leaving the position of head of 2001, she sent a threatening postcard to her sister in January 2006 in which she wrote, among other things , who would send her to hell. "
The BBC, quoting the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, adds that Shigenaga Tomioka, who had assumed the position of his father's chief priest in the 1990s, in fact He was fired from the mail. His father was reinstated and later appointed his daughter, Nagako, to the position of priestess, or negi – No. 2 in the hierarchy of the sanctuary.