Unemployed man takes convenience store employee hostage

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JAPAN - A 32-year-old unemployed man who took a convenience store employee hostage and barricaded himself in the store in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, was arrested at the scene Monday.

Police stormed the 7-Eleven convenience store in the city's Kamiwadacho district at about 8 a.m. and arrested Yasuhito Suzuki on suspicion of illegal confinement.

Another part-time employee of the store, aged 19, made an emergency phone call to police at 2:55 a.m., saying, "A man wielding a knife is barricading himself inside the store."

The 28-year-old part-time employee who was taken hostage suffered light cuts on the chin, which were assumed to have been caused by the knife.

Suzuki, also a resident of the city, told the police, "Because I'm pessimistic about my life, I wanted to do something big."