A 53-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of theft, after a convenience store employee saw him take a rice ball set from the shelves and leave the store without paying. Police said the employee held the man until police arrived.
Tokusuke Ogawa, unemployed and of no fixed address, told police he took the wrong train from Akita on Saturday. He said that after getting off the train in Shinjo City, Yamagata Prefecture, and paying the train fare, he had less than 100 yen on him.
Ogawa told police he took part in a ramen speed-eating contest organized by Shinjo City on Sunday in conjunction with the Shinjo Snow Festival. Ogawa said that he was able to fill himself up and enjoy the festival, but that he became hungry again later that night.© News reports