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Woman unharmed after being held hostage for 18 hours

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A woman was released unharmed Wednesday morning after being held hostage for 18 hours by a man at a transport company's headquarters in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, police said.

Kaisei Nakao, who had wielded a bladed implement, was arrested on the spot for alleged criminal confinement 10 minutes after the police persuaded him to set the woman free.

The 23-year-old hostage-taker walked in the front door of the Ueda Cold Corp office on Tuesday at around 2:20 p.m., saying that he intended to barricade himself in and demanding to see the president, police said.

The company has around 170 employees and specializes in delivering perishable items at low temperature, according to a private credit research firm. Its headquarters is located in a quiet neighborhood mostly occupied by rice fields and some warehouses.

There were around seven employees in the office at the time but the man only took one hostage, an employee in her 40s, confining her in a conference room on the second floor of the building. The two were not thought to be acquainted.

Although Nakao did not tie the woman up, he watched her around the clock, police said.

Nakao, from Chiba Prefecture, told police during the standoff that he had "a personal grudge against someone related" to Ueda Cold, but he did not make any monetary demands, investigative sources said.

The sources added that the man is believed to have had relationship problems with someone at the company, though not the president nor the woman he took hostage.

Speaking after the arrest, a 75-year-old man who lives nearby said that he locked "all the windows of his house before going to sleep last night."

"Now I can go outside," he said.

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Unharmed .. narrow statement. Said no hostage ever.

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I am confused about the relevance of this

Speaking after the arrest, a 75-year-old man who lives nearby said that he locked "all the windows of his house before going to sleep last night."

"Now I can go outside," he said.

Was he assuming he will be taken hostage next lol?

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Speaking after the arrest, a 75-year-old man who lives nearby said that he locked "all the windows of his house before going to sleep last night."

Of all the times to start using common sense, cops all over the place, and ONE guy holed up on the second floor of a building.

Really the time to start worrying about folks breaking and entering!

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The sources added that the man is believed to have had relationship problems with someone at the company,

Not a bad conclusion after the culprit

told police during the standoff that he had "a personal grudge against someone related to Ueda Cold.”

Good on the police for figuring that out.

• Watched her ‘around the clock’ for 18 hours. Which isn’t ‘around the clock.’

Also, good to know that 75-year-old normally doesn’t lock his windows.

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The sources added that the man is believed to have had relationship problems with someone at the company, though not the president nor the woman he took hostage.

Then who? Or did he just want to be in jail to get a free bed and a meal?

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so, that 75 year old.. is there a reason he doesnt lock windows in winter? might be chilly

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A neighborhood occupied by rice fields--now that is something new

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'He wielded a bladed instrument.' That could be anything from a box cutter to a lawn mower to who knows what else. How about just telling us what it was.

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His plan was doomed to failure. Noone can go over 24 hours without taking a dump.

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is there a reason he doesnt lock windows in winter? might be chilly

It's possible for windows to be closed, even if they are not locked.

Do you not know how windows work?

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His plan was doomed to failure. Noone can go over 24 hours without taking a dump.

Scientifically inaccurate.

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yes gurypun we all know how windows work... you must be the buzzkill

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The sources added that the man is believed to have had relationship problems with someone at the company, though not the president nor the woman he took hostage.

The essence of idiocy is rather prevalent within the confines of this muppet.

There were around seven employees in the office at the time but the man only took one hostage, an employee in her 40s

So you're telling me that 6 people couldn't overpower and disarm him? Grab a broom and crack it over his head! I bet you he'd stop!

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