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.
Prices of land facing major streets in Japan as of Jan. 1, 2016, rose 0.2 pct from a year before on average, marking the first increase in eight years, the National Tax Agency said Friday. (Jiji Press)
The Kumamoto District Court ordered on Thursday a retrial of an 83-year-old man who had served a 13-year prison term on charges of killing an acquaintance in the then Kumamoto Prefecture town of Matsubase, now part of the city of Uki, in 1985.
Sendai Airport in Miyagi Prefecture came under private-sector management on Friday, heightening hopes for faster progress in the reconstruction of areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku northeastern region in Japan. (Japan Times)
Senior tax officials from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries began their two-day meeting in Kyoto on Thursday to tighten measures against international tax avoidance. (the-japan-news.com)
A ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the reopening of the renovated British Embassy villa in Tochigi Prefecture, offering a glimpse into the lives of British diplomats more than a century ago. (Japan Times)