Chiba Prefectural Police arrested a 36-year-old man Friday after he went on an injurious rampage and barricaded himself in a church with a hostage 51-year-old female counselor in the town of Sakura.
Police investigators stormed the church just before 5 a.m. Friday and arrested Daisuke Kotabe for allegedly confining the woman, who suffered injuries but was safe.
Kotabe, who is from Sakura, has owned up to attacking the victim and holding her hostage, the police said.
They said Kotabe was at the church to receive counseling from the woman when at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday he took out a bat and a knife from his rucksack and attacked his parents, who are in their 70s, the counselor and one other man, also in his 70s, at the church.
His parents and the man were also injured, but they managed to escape, the police said, adding none of the four victims sustained life-threatening injuries.
Japanese alpinist Junko Tabei, the first woman in the world to scale the peak of Mt. Everest, died of peritoneal cancer at a hospital in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday. She was 77. (the-japan-news.com)
About 2,800 people were taking shelter in Tottori Prefecture as of Saturday morning amid a string of aftershocks following the previous day's 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit the western Japan prefecture and nearby areas. (Jiji)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly barging into a woman's residence in Minato Ward with the intention to commit rape, the Sankei Shimbun reports (Oct. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck Tottori Prefecture in western Japan on Friday afternoon. The Japan Meteorological Agency is calling on people to stay alert for a possible quake of the same strength in the next week or so. (NHK)
Crown Princess Masako has cancelled a three-day trip to Iwate beginning Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the national sports festival for the disabled, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. (Japan Today)
Visiting International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Thursday expressed confidence that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be a "transformational moment" for Japan and its capital. (Jiji)