Man Sieges Station With Knife, Drama Unfolds on Twitter

Around noon on November 7, a small subway station in Chuo, Tokyo, became the stage for the dramatic capture of a man who ran out onto the tracks wielding what appeared to be a knife. Higashi Nihonbashi station on the Toei Asakusa line came to a standstill as police and station officials tried to restrain the man, who was seen laughing and running around as though unhinged, while passengers on a train that had stopped at the opposite platform looked on. In this age of social networking, the drama unfolded in a series of photographs and tweets that are are beginning to trend among Japanese netizens. Here, were bring you the rundown of the incident, as narrated by Twitter users who were at the centre of the action. The story was featured on, a site that collates trending Twitter topics online.


Suspicious Man at Toei Asakusa Line Higashi Nihonbashi Station Confirmed: Station Secured


Fuuuck (>_<) The automatic train stop (ATS) siren has been activated at Higashi Nihonbashi station! And I'm stuck inside the train (泣)


At Higashi Nihonbashi station right now. Seems like passenger who has a knife has gone onto the tracks. Scary!


I’m at Higashi Nihonbashi station now, and because of this bastard who’s got a knife, the emergency bell is going off and the train has stopped.


There’s an incident at Higashi Nihonbashi station right now.


There’s a man with a knife sieging Higashi Nihonbashi station on the Toei Asakusa line! Emergency stop because of him. Station employees and police are on the scene!

A man with a knife at Higashi Nihonbashi station


The man who had the knife is on the opposite platform so the train has stopped dead. Higashi Nihonbashi. I could see someone like that from the train, and thought I’d take a picture message, but I couldn’t get a shot.


Has the station been declared safe?

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Doors are still shut to keep the people inside the carriages safe at Higashi Nihonbashi station. On platform 1 station officials and the police are on the scene!


Someone yelled loudly at Higashi Nihonbashi station, and the train stopped. I just want to go home .


At Higashi Nihonbashi station on the Toiei Asakusa line, the train has stopped because someone was on the tracks. I saw him, and usually when someone’s on the tracks you’d think that it was a drunk or someone who had collapsed because they were ill, nope! A crazy guy was laughing and running around. Even as several station employees chased him, it was kind of like he was playing tag with them, laughing and running around.

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They’ve got the man with the knife! At Higashi Nihonbashi station


The man with a knife has been caught!

The man is apprehended


Here is the man being captured. At Asakusa line Higashi Nihonbashi station.


They’ve restrained the man, and now we’re moving again. The criminal has been captured near platform 2. Right now the police are on the scene. I can hear the police shouting, so I guess they don’t having him under control yet — is he resisting?

The man is apprehended


At Asakusabashi now.(´・Д・)」Seems like a guy was going crazy on the tracks while holding a knife…train still hasn’t come…


They say there was a man stained with blood going crazy around Higashi Nihonbashi station. DANGER.


Train has left Higashi Nipponbashi station!


Never want to go to Higashi Nihonbashi again…


It appears that there was a suspicious man with a knife at the station, so the Asakusa line is running late ( ・_・;) It was fine in the end, but….scary!

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