Police in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, on Saturday arrested an unemployed 50-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after three women were attacked by a man with a knife-like object within 10 minutes of each other as they walked along a sidewalk on Saturday morning.
According to police, the first incident occurred at around 10:40 a.m. Saturday. Fuji TV quoted police as saying that a man came up behind a woman, cut her with a blade and then ran away. Within the next 10 minutes, two other women within 400 meters of where the first incident took place reported similar attacks.
Police said the three women, aged 58, 71 and 80, received light cuts to their arms and shoulders, but did not require hospitalization.
One hour later, police officers approached a man about four kilometers from where the attacks took place. He had a pair of scissors protruding from his pocket. The suspect, identified as Isamu Yokota, has admitted to wanting to kill someone with the scissors, police said.© Japan Today