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East Japan teacher attacked in classroom by knife-wielding woman

Chiba Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi/Mayumi Nobuta)

NAGAREYAMA, Chiba -- A woman wielding a suspected knife slipped into a municipal junior high school here on the morning of Jan. 14 and tried to slash a male teacher before fleeing the scene.

The teacher was not injured, and officers from the Chiba Prefectural Police's Nagareyama Station are searching for the woman on suspicion of assault and trespassing.

According to investigators, at about 6:45 a.m. the teacher in his 20s was in the school science room preparing for class when he noticed a woman crouching on the landing of an outside staircase. When he spoke to the woman, she forced her way into the science room, trying to slash the teacher with what looked like a knife. The teacher grabbed a mirror and threw it at his assailant, and she fled.

The suspect appeared to be in her 20s, was 150-160 centimeters tall and was wearing a black jacket and blue trousers. She was also carrying a black backpack. The Tokiwamatsu Junior High School in the city of Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, briefed the students on the incident through the teaching staff, and is planning to cancel all club activities and have the students travel to and from school in groups.

(Japanese original by Shohei Kato, Chiba Bureau)

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