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Man arrested after holding girl hostage in shopping center

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Police on Sunday night arrested an unemployed 31-year-old man for taking a 16-year-old girl hostage at knifepoint in a shopping mall in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, Koichi Tanizawa, grabbed the girl from behind in a bookstore on the third floor of the You Me Town shopping center at around 5 p.m., held a 10-cm-long fruit knife to her throat and ordered everyone out, Fuji TV reported. He demanded to talk to police witnesses said

After 20 minutes, police managed to subdue Tanizawa. The girl was unharmed. Police said the two did not know each other and are questioning Tanizawa about his motive for taking the girl hostage.

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What the hell??

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Pfff with the idol stabbing fresh in my memory this could've ended a lot worse, some crazy nutters out there, I feel lately more and more.

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Weird. Lucky she was unharmed.

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Unemployed , looking for a free bed and meals ...

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Police... are questioning Tanizawa about his motive for taking the... hostage

Been reading any dodgy manga recently?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Unemployed, desperate, needs a place to stay

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Sounds like a young unemployed fella looking for some free room and board at the emperor's hotel.

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Are the jail cosy in Japan?

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questioning Tanizawa about his motive for taking the girl hostage.

He's unemployed and it's cold, good way to get "three hots and a cot"

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agree with the above about a free bed, plus maybe too much manga.

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Nutjob.

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John, when I visited a prison during a university school trip for a class (ages ago), it was anything but 'cosy' - certainly nothing like an American prison.

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Why is it that in Japan, anytime a man attacks a random person he always chooses a school-aged female?

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@CaptD

The weak pray on the weak...

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