CHIBA — A man armed with a 50-cm Japanese sword was arrested Friday evening after holding nine people hostage for over 5 hours at a bank in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, police said.

All the hostages, employees of Keiyo Bank’s Tsudanuma branch, were rescued and are safe, police said.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.