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Man arrested after 3-hour siege in Tokyo restaurant

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A 28-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after a three-hour siege at a Tokyo yakiniku restaurant.

Police said the man, Akito Araki, of unknown occupation, entered the restaurant in the basement of a building in Yoyogi, Shibuya Ward, Fuji TV reported. He had dinner and then at around 9:30 p.m., he gave the manager a note in which he said he had activated a home-made bomb in a box. He also brandished two knives, ordered other customers out of the restaurant and told the manager to call 110.

Araki locked the door and barricaded it with chairs. He refused to come out while police negotiated with him. The stand-off continued until about 12:30 a.m. when police decided to break in. The manager was able to escape out the back door and was not harmed.

Police said three objects wrapped in adhesive tape with cell phones attached were found in the box but none were explosive devices. Police did not say what the objects were.

Araki was quoted by police as saying he had been homeless for the past two weeks since coming to Tokyo from Nagasaki and wanted to end his life. He told police he thought that if he committed a major crime, he would get the death penalty.

Police said he also told them he was inspired by recent attacks on trains.

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How sad :(

are there any homeless programs in Tokyo? Such as shelters or access to food banks?

10 ( +17 / -7 )

Don’t worry. He will be served three meals a day in a police detention.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

He told police he thought that if he committed a major crime, he would get the death penalty.

Since the bomb was fake, are making bomb threats and eating without paying subject to the death penalty in Japan?

10 ( +11 / -1 )

This is really sad on many levels. Is he aware that the death sentence is carried out without prior warning years after sentencing?

4 ( +8 / -4 )

What he did was wrong however, I understand his feelings.

The government with PM talks about wealth distribution while regular people don't have work or their businesses are being shut down due to the pandemic.

Salaries are decreasing or stagnant.

There is another emergency state in front of us so even more people won't have jobs while product prices are increasing.

There will be more desperate people like this gentleman.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

I doubt that charges against him will earn him a death penalty. So that's a big fail. But he certainly took care of his homelessness problem for a few years.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Sad. Another sign of the plight of Japan’s ever-increasing desperate, suicidal, indigent and ‘working poor’.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

Kudos. Can’t accuse JT’s “Crime” writer this evening of not giving enough details. Very thorough wrap-up of ‘means, opportunity & motive.’

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Did the snowfall (homeless during winter cold) send him over the edge?

Spending a year or more in jail with a futon, someone to talk to, and 3 meals a day will settle his anxiety.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Now’s the time for restaurant workers and guests to worry about and be on guard for any ‘copy-cats’ looking for a ‘last supper’:

He told police he thought that if he committed a major crime, he would get the death penalty.” -

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

He was just a coward. It's hard for everyone everywhere. All nations currently are facing massive problems. But at least in Japan things aren't as bad. It's true that if you want a good job, it might be harder to find because of the pandemic, but that doesn't mean there is no work. Actually there is tons of work needed everywhere. Especially after borders are close and everywhere there is a shortage of manpower. He is just not willing to do hard work. And who says he has to even stay in Tokyo. The country is big. He can go anywhere and try his luck. if he needed help, there are work agencies that could set him up for work. There are shelters for homeless and there are food banks.

He is just not willing to face hardships. And that is the problem with most youth. After facing a bit of obstacles, they quickly give up. Well, sometimes life is hard. if you want to make something of yourself, you gotta have to earn it.

My parents and i had nothing due to poverty decades ago. We just start over and work day and night. Now they are enjoying their retirement after renting the stores to others. This is a free country. If you want someone to hand something to you for free, then you better look elsewhere. He should just pack his back and go find work in some other prefecture who desperate need workers. As long you got two hands and two legs, you can do a lot of good while you are alive.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

He was just a coward. It's hard for everyone everywhere. All nations currently are facing massive problems. But at least in Japan things aren't as bad. It's true that if you want a good job, it might be harder to find because of the pandemic, but that doesn't mean there is no work. Actually there is tons of work needed everywhere. Especially after borders are close and everywhere there is a shortage of manpower. He is just not willing to do hard work. And who says he has to even stay in Tokyo. The country is big. He can go anywhere and try his luck. if he needed help, there are work agencies that could set him up for work. There are shelters for homeless and there are food banks.

He is just not willing to face hardships. And that is the problem with most youth. After facing a bit of obstacles, they quickly give up. Well, sometimes life is hard. if you want to make something of yourself, you gotta have to earn it.

My parents and i had nothing due to poverty decades ago. We just start over and work day and night. Now they are enjoying their retirement after renting the stores to others. This is a free country. If you want someone to hand something to you for free, then you better look elsewhere. He should just pack his back and go find work in some other prefecture who desperate need workers. As long you got two hands and two legs, you can do a lot of good while you are alive.

@Hiro

You seem to be living in a bubble! Have you ever applied for a job in Japan when you did not have an address to give potential employers? Unless you are working under the table or doing something illegal, he would not be hired because he has no residence. People who live in kissaten either had a job before moving in or working in shady jobs they pay in cash like prostitution. Homeless dormitory have strict check in- and out policies which make it hard for people to get a job or multiple hustle jobs with strange working hours.

You can not even get public assistance without a residence because you are not connected to a particular Ward or Ku. He has to find a job that offers a shared dormitory, but once again, no address no initial hiring to live in the dorm!

14 ( +17 / -3 )

LOL

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Wow, A lot of insensitivity responding tonight......

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Desperate people do desperate things. We don’t know the circumstances of his life.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

This is just the beginning just as I posted many times before mental illness is something that is very real like Covid and homelessness. These issues will only get worse as people try to find ways to survive. How can one get work when they don’t have a place to call home. Where can the people get assistance for mental health as suicide case rise as unemployment goes up. We can look the other way now but we will see this more often..

6 ( +8 / -2 )

While I doubt his actions will result in the death penalty, he did, in a very wrong roundabout way, solve his homelessness issue. He will now have a roof over his head, a pillow to rest his head on, and 3 square meals a day.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Well, he won't be homeless anymore now!!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Wow another terrorist, and the numbers keeps climbing.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Poor guy. I feel bad for the restauranteur, but the offender sounds so desperate it's hard to fell anything but compassion for him. I hope he gets it sorted, and I hope he can get some family support,

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@ kaimycahl "This is just the beginning just as I posted many times before mental illness is something that is very real like Covid and homelessness."

> > > > > > > > > > > Don't Look Up!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

There more to this bloke reason why he couldn’t obtain work. Normal people who find it hard to get work is usual due to a high unemployment rate. There no unemployment crisis so I assume this bloke mental health is his main problem. In Japan low income citizen who seek help for mental health is lock down in a ward given anti psychotics until assess normal and release with access to medications. In some circumstances their driver license is revoked on release without any follow up mental health care.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

If he wanted the death penalty, there is nothing to stop him from self terminating it used to be a method of going out with honor and grace.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

"Prison food isn’t three square meals a day. Very basic and tasteless."

How do you know it?!

Have you ever been incarcerated anywhere, more specifically in Japan?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

No never been in any prison, foreign or domestic. Strange question.

Doesn't hurt to ask.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Araki was quoted by police as saying he had been homeless for the past two weeks since coming to Tokyo from Nagasaki and wanted to end his life. He told police he thought that if he committed a major crime, he would get the death penalty.

I do not think the death penalty is on the table, as he did not kill anyone. However, he wont be homeless anymore for quite a while. So I suppose his plan worked...

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He’s homeless no more. I hope he gets the help he needs.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

These days people are inspired so easily, even with just one word or even a smile.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

These desperate attempts are just a sign of more to come!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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