A knife-wielding man went on a rampage outside a subway station in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Tuesday morning, injuring four people in what appeared to be an indiscriminate attack.
The 49-year-old man, who lives locally, was arrested at the scene of the crime on suspicion of attempted murder. The injuries of the four victims, all male and in their 30s to 60s, were minor, according to sources in the Metropolitan Police Department.
The suspect told the police that he heard an inner voice telling him to stab people. The man also said he took two knives from his home to carry out the attack, according to the sources.
Internal information regarding JR Kyoto Station was made publicly accessible online when the station floor plans, revealing the locations of inactive gas fire extinguishing equipment, were posted on the Google Groups bulletin board service, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday. (The Japan News )
Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga's tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter. (Japan Today )
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today )