• Kyodo


A 50-year-old man was arrested Monday after holing himself up inside a labor standards inspection office with a tank of kerosene.

A small fire broke out and an office employee sustained minor burns on his left leg while extinguishing the fire, which was quickly put out. Police said the suspect, Kazuhiro Hayashi, started the fire by throwing a Molotov cocktail that he ignited with a lighter.

Hayashi was arrested on trespassing and attempted arson charges at 10:30 a.m.

Hayashi, a construction worker from Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture, visited the office at around 9 a.m. to apply for compensation for a work- related injury, the office said.

He has repeatedly visited the office in connection with the claim, it said.

Firefighters said Hayashi entered the office with a 20-liter plastic container of kerosene, a spray nozzle and a bottle of flammable liquid.

He reportedly lit the Molotov cocktail and threw it at a staffer and sprayed the kerosene on the floor before barricading himself inside the office.

The blaze broke out shortly after Hayashi had entered a conference room in response to a suggestion by one of the employees, police said.

The labor office is on the eighth floor of a local government building. Most of the roughly 200 workers at the building were evacuated during the standoff.

Hayashi was arrested after officers of the Aichi Prefectural Police persuaded him to surrender.

People at the labor office said Hayashi repeatedly complained about the recent termination of compensation for an injury he incurred last year while working at a carpentry business run by relatives.

Station invasion

OSAKA (Kyodo) A 69-year-old man was arrested Monday after walking into a police station in Osaka Prefecture armed with a kitchen knife and demanding to speak to a high-ranking police official.

Kiyoji Minami, of Haibara, Nara Prefecture, entered the police station in Higashi-Osaka at around 1:15 p.m.

He was seized by the deputy chief of the station, who sustained a minor cut to one of his fingers as he grappled with the man.

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