• Kyodo


A 25-year-old man armed with a knife entered the Asahi Shimbun’s headquarters here Monday morning and demanded to see the newspaper publisher’s president after threatening a female receptionist, Asahi officials said.

Asahi employees seized the man after a 10-minute standoff and handed him over to police. One person suffered a minor injury during the scuffle.

Local police identified the intruder as Nobuki Kitayama, an unemployed resident of Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture.

Kitayama was quoted by police as saying, “I wanted to protest because I don’t agree with the Asahi Shimbun’s tone.”

According to an Asahi spokesman, Kitayama initially approached the reception desk around 11:30 a.m., asking if he could use the restroom.

He left after being given directions.

He reappeared some five minutes later, however, telling the receptionist that he wanted to inquire about an article. When the receptionist called the publicity office for instructions, he became angry and took out the knife.

The Asahi’s Nagoya headquarters has been a target of violent attacks in the past.

In September 1987, an unidentified man fired a shotgun at the Nagoya dormitory of the daily’s employees. In 1994, a rightwing group member was arrested after he threw a firebomb at the outer staircase of the Nagoya office and smashed a vehicle into the building.

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