Japan: A man was holding hostages at a Japanese bank Thursday, police said, with local media reporting that he was armed with a knife and demanding to speak with journalists.
The man, reportedly in his 30s or 40s, began the siege at the Zoshi branch of the Toyokawa Shinkin Bank in central Aichi prefecture just after 2:00 pm (0500 GMT), a police spokesman said without elaborating further.
National broadcaster NHK said he was holding five people one customer and four staff.
He was also asking for food and drinks, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.
Television footage showed the area around the bank sealed off and guarded by police officers.