Police on Monday arrested a man after he entered the grounds of a school in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, and brandished a knife.
According to police, the man, identified as Tsuyoshi Nagamine, 45, entered Moriyama Minami Junior High School at around 8:30 a.m., TBS reported. The man approached a teacher and demanded to see a certain student and also asked for the student's phone number. When the teacher refused, the man unwrapped a towel and produced a knife.
Nagamine was quickly restrained by police who were already on the scene.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)