'Man with knife holds five people hostage in Japan bank'

TOKYO - A man with a knife demanding that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government resign was holding five people hostage on Thursday in a small bank, media reported.
A spokesman at the Toyokawa Shinkin Bank in Aichi prefecture in central Japan confirmed that a number of people were being held hostage. He could not give further details.
The man with a knife, who entered the bank in the early afternoon, had demanded food, drink and a megaphone. Police were trying to persuade him to give up, public broadcaster NHK said.