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Woman's leg slashed at Tokyo Metro station during morning rush hour

The Metropolitan Police Department headquarters is seen in this file photo taken in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on May 10, 2019. (Mainichi/Kenji Yoneda)

TOKYO -- A woman on her way to work had her leg slashed at a Tokyo Metro station on the morning of Oct. 16.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the woman came to a police box near Toranomon Station on the metro's Ginza Line at about 8:50 a.m. and reported that her leg was "stinging." Her right pant leg had been slashed and she had a cut about 5 centimeters long on her thigh. The injury was not serious, but will require about two weeks to heal.

Officers are investigating the incident as assault resulting in injury.

The woman passed through the station ticket gate at around 8:40 a.m. The MPD's Atago Police Station believes that she was likely cut as she headed toward her exit. Toranomon Station was crowded with morning commuters at the time.

(Japanese original by Yoshitaka Yamamoto, City News Department)

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