Hostage taker demands Japan PM quit
About seven hours after the drama began the man released one hostage, public broadcaster NHK reported. Television footage showed a woman walking away from the bank as night fell, escorted by a police officer and apparently handcuffed.
The hostage-taking happened at the Zoshi branch of the Toyokawa Shinkin Bank in the central prefecture of Aichi in the early afternoon, a police spokesman said.
Local media said that the man, wielding a survival knife, took four employees and a female customer captive and was demanding the Noda cabinet step down as well as asking to speak to journalists.