A vehicle has slammed into pedestrians on a street where people had gathered for New Year's festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people.
Crowds had gathered in Takeshita Dori, a very popular street in the fashionable Harajuku district, to ring in the new year when the man struck. Initially, a police spokesperson characterised the crash as an "act of terror", Reuters reported.
Police said a large tank filled with kerosene was found in the auto.
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Another witness, who runs a clothing shop in the area, said: "I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street".
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Kyodo News Service reported that a ninth person was injured and that the driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. One victim is reportedly in a coma.
According to local media, Kusakabe hit a total of eight people and assaulted another on the street, which was closed to traffic for the New Year celebrations.
Kusakabe fled the scene, but the police found him in a nearby park about half an hour later.
Takeshita Street is packed with small shops and is considered the centre of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of global tourists every day.
Japanese media reports that a young man in his 20's drove a rented minivan into a busy street shortly after revelers had rung in the New Year.