Man arrested for threatening TEPCO employees with sword
Police said Wednesday that a man was arrested in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward after he allegedly threatened three TEPCO employees with a sword.
According to police, the man, who has been named as 57-year-old Masahiro Ishikawa, brandished a sword at the TEPCO employees who came to his house to request payment for overdue electricity bills on Monday afternoon, TBS reported. Ishikawa left his house and walked to the road outside his property, where he allegedly held the weapon above his head and threatened the men, who had come to collect three month’s worth of unpaid bills.
During police questioning, Ishikawa was quoted by investigators as saying he was holding an umbrella. “They must have imagined the sword,” he said, according to police.