Police in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Tuesday arrested an unemployed 25-year-old man on suspicion of violating the Firearms and Sword Control Law after he threatened to kill himself with a box cutter because he was distraught over the death of British singer David Bowie.
Tomoki Shiota was observed holding the box cutter on a sidewalk in front of a shipping delivery company where he used to work, at around 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to police, Shiota was in a state of confusion and was crying and screaming that he wanted to die. A male employee of the delivery company restrained him when he dropped the box cutter. No one was hurt in the incident.
Shiota was quoted by police as saying that "I was so shocked that David Bowie passed away that I wanted to kill myself." He also said that he chose the shipping company because "I thought if I was going to kill myself, it may as well be in front of many people."
Bowie, 69, died of cancer on Sunday. The news of his death was first reported in Japan early on Monday afternoon.© Japan Today