Boss attacked after firing worker

A knife-wielding man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Monday in Tokyo after he slashed a company owner who fired him and holed up in the company’s dormitory for nearly 10 hours, police said.

Tsukasa Saijo, 49, barricaded himself inside the dormitory owned by transportation company Sato Kogyo in Itabashi Ward late Sunday night after assaulting the company’s owner, Takayuki Nihonyanagi, 51, at the office, police said.

Nihonyanagi suffered serious facial and arm wounds.

According to police, Nihonyanagi had fired Saijo about 10 days earlier but allowed him to continue using the dormitory until he found a new job.

Saijo was drunk when he returned to the dorm Sunday night and went to the company office next door, investigators said. He began quarreling with Nihonyanagi over his sacking and attacked him with the knife, they added.

Saijo had worked for the firm since November 2002.