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Knife-wielding man arrested after standoff at Tokyo pub


A man armed with a knife was arrested Monday after holing up at an izakaya (traditional Japanese pub) in central Tokyo while throwing objects out of a window he had shattered.

The 140-minute standoff near Yoyogi Station started at about 2:40 p.m. after the unidentified man called police saying, “Come (to the pub) because I ate and drank without money (to pay for it).”

Police officers stormed into the pub near the station around 5 p.m. and arrested the man, who had stripped to his waist, investigators said.

No one was injured or taken hostage as all the employees fled. The man was the only customer.

During the standoff, police officers carrying shields surrounded the building housing the pub and prevented others from entering the area — where restaurants, bars and a preparatory school for college entrance exams are also located.

A chair, a beer case and other objects were seen scattered outside the building. They were believed to have been thrown by the suspect.