Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, arrested a man who held a hostage at knifepoint for five hours in a 7-Eleven convenience store on Monday morning.
According to police, Yasuhito Suzuki, 32, entered the store at around 3 a.m., Fuji TV reported. Wielding a knife, he told the 28-year male part-time employee that he wasn't after money, and then ordered him and a second employee, 19, to go into the office at the back of the store and bring some alcohol.
When a customer came into the store, the 19-year-old employee went out to serve him but fled the store with the customer and alerted police.
Police arrived about 30 minutes later. Suzuki ordered the hostage to call police and tell them not to enter the store or he would be killed.
The situation remained unchanged until around 8 a.m. when police saw Suzuki near the front of the store, at which point, police entered and apprehended Suzuki.
The hostage sustained a light injury to his chin, police said.
Suzuki, who is unemployed, was quoted by police as saying he wasn't happy with his life and that he wanted to do something big. Police said he had been drinking wine during the standoff.© Japan Today