Man arrested after holding "yakiniku" restaurant manager hostage

Kyodo -- Jan 10
Police on Sunday arrested a 28-year-old man who held the manager of a "yakiniku" grilled meat restaurant in Tokyo hostage and claimed he had planted a bomb in the establishment, later telling police he wanted to eat grilled meat before being nabbed, investigative sources said.

No one was injured, and only a fake bomb was found in the restaurant in Shibuya Ward, the sources said.

The suspect, Akito Araki, allegedly told the manager he wanted to copy recent attacks on trains, suggesting he may have drawn inspiration from the Oct. 31 attack on a Keio Line train in Tokyo in which a man stabbed a passenger and ignited a fire, the sources said.

"I could have done (the attack) anywhere, but I wanted to eat grilled meat before I got caught," he was quoted as saying by the sources.

When calling emergency services, the manager, 49, reported that he had been handed a note by Araki instructing him to call the police as he had activated a bomb, they said.

Araki told investigators during questioning that he "could not find a reason for living" after leaving his parents' home in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, two weeks ago and becoming homeless in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.

Three boxed objects wrapped in adhesive tape with cell phones were found at the scene. The suspect told investigators he made the fake bombs.

東京・代々木の焼き肉店で起きた人質立てこもり事件で、逮捕された28歳の男が「死刑になるには人質をとって立てこもるしかないと思った」と供述していることがわかりました。 - 日テレNEWS