A 21-year-old man was arrested for breaking the Firearms and Swords Law on Sunday, accused of possessing two knives and threatening a fourth-grade elementary school student with one of them in the gymnasium at Komazawa University’s campus in Setagaya Ward.
Police received a call from a student at around 12.30 p.m. Sunday, saying that he and a few other students had restrained a man wielding a knife. Police rushed to the scene and arrested the man. He is accused of entering the common room at the gymnasium and pulling a knife known as a "nata" in Japanese – similar to a small machete and having a blade nearly 25 centimeters long – from his backpack and grabbing a fourth-grade elementary schoolboy from behind before putting the knife to this throat. He was quickly overpowered by other university students but one of them had his finger cut in the incident. The elementary schoolboy was not injured.
Two other university students were taken to hospital after inhaling fumes emanating from the gasoline-filled glass bottles found in the man’s bag. Several lighters and a knife with a blade of about 15 centimeters were also found in his bag, police said.
The man, whose name has not been released, is a fourth-year business student at the university but had deferred his studies since April. He reportedly did not say anything as he entered the common room nor after he was held by other students, but has admitted to possessing the knives and commented vaguely to police about having a grudge against the club he used to be a member of, saying he felt rejected. Another student told police that the man had attempted suicide last year.
The university was forced to cancel the summer event open to the public on Sunday, which the club helped organize. Police also said that another gasoline-filled bottle fitted with a timing device was found in the club room.© News reports