Four people injured in bear attacks

Four people suffered injuries Sunday after being attacked by bears in Hiroshima and Iwate prefectures, police said.

A 30-year-old man sustained head and back injuries when a bear entered an office at an automobile parts factory in Akitakada, Hiroshima Prefecture, and attacked him, the police said.

The man was taking a break when the 160-cm-tall bear entered the office through an open door at around 9:35 a.m., they said.

In Iwate Prefecture, Takashi Sato, a 47-year-old company employee, was attacked by a bear with a cub while he was fishing on a river bank in Iwaizumi around noon.

The mother bear struck Sato in the head, leaving a wound that required 11 stitches, the police said.

Noriko Suzuki, 60, sustained serious injuries to her face and left arm after being attacked by a bear in a mountain forest in Yamada at around 12:30 p.m. while she was collecting edible wild plants, they said.

In Kawai, Hironori Kawauchi, a 37-year-old company employee, was attacked by a bear at around 1 p.m. while walking in the woods. He sustained minor injuries to his head and shoulders.