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Is it a matter of the degree of the crime like "satsurikusha" is worse than "satsujinsha" and "tairyousatsujinsha" is worse than "satsurikusha"? Or are "satsurikusha" and "tairyousatsujinsha" on the "same" level?

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  • 殺人 is a relatively objective word for "killing" or "murder".
  • 大量殺人 is just "mass murder", as the kanji suggest. The means of killing is not important. It's still a relatively objective term, and Wikipedia articles may prefer this.
  • 殺戮 refers to brutal and cruel mass murders, typically using rifles, chainsaws, poison gas, etc. Tabloids and novel authors may prefer a sensational word like this.

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