• Kyodo


Police arrested a Shizuoka Prefecture man on Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl and holding her captive in his car for 40 minutes on Friday.

Yoichi Tsushima, a 27-year-old gardener who lives in the city of Fujieda, forced the girl into his car around 3 p.m. Friday as she was on her way home from school, the police said.

The girl was released some 40 minutes later near her home in Fujieda, about 1 km from where she was snatched.

The police arrested Tsushima, who was identified based on descriptions of the car, after he admitted to abducting the girl, they said.

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