Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for urgent measures to protect children going to and coming home from school.
Abe summoned education minister Masahiko Shibayama and National Public Safety Commission chair Junzo Yamamoto to the prime minister's office on Tuesday to discuss the mass stabbings in Kawasaki City, near Tokyo, earlier in the day.
Abe later told reporters he is outraged that the attacker targeted young children. He said he offers condolences to the victims' families and wishes survivors a speedy recovery.
Abe added that ensuring children's safety is a priority, and revealed he has instructed his Cabinet ministers to draw up necessary measures.