Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka


A man wielding a knife on a bus was arrested in Fukuoka Prefecture on Sunday.

Police said they received a call from a passenger on the bus at around 11 a.m., saying that a man was brandishing a knife, TV Asahi reported. The bus was traveling along the Kyushu Expressway on its way from Nogata to the Tenjin Bus Center in Fukuoka. A passenger also put a sign with the message "SOS. Please call police" on the back window.

The bus stopped near the Dazaifu interchange at around 11:40 a.m., at which time police boarded it and took a man, identified as Masayuki Kobayashi, 26, into custody. He had a knife with a 12-cm-long blade, police said.

None of the 20 passengers or the driver were injured, police said.

Police said Kobayashi, who is unemployed, has so far given no motive for his actions. The bus driver was quoted as saying that Kobayashi only told him to keep going straight ahead in the direction of Kumamoto.

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Sorry, but again and again, Japan is not as safe as it once was. Safer than some places but not like the Japan of years ago.

Random things like these are on the rise.

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^Random crime is impossible to prevent . Good that no one was hurt.

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Another sick man today ...

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Good no one was injured.

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Thankfully, no one was seriously injured! Hope he can get some much needed mental help and hopefully a job, upon his recovery.

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These kinds of incidents happen in every country every day, and always have, it is simply someone who is mentally disturbed, there has never been a time in Japan's history that this kind of thing didn't happen. Japan is still one of the safest countries on earth, if not the safest.

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Are these people unhinged because they are unemployed, or unable to find work because they are nuts? Maybe the Japanese police should start rounding up chronically unemployed men under 50? Could put them in work camps.

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