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Japan: Mass stabbing leaves 19 feared dead

The scene of the mass stabbing in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. Credit: Reuters

At least 19 people are dead and 25 injured after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in Japan, the country's national broadcaster NHK reported.

Police arrested Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year old former employee at the facility, Japanese media said.

Media reports said the man, wearing a black T-shirt, did not have a knife when he turned himself in at a nearby police station.

Local newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect was quoted by police as saying: "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world."

At least 15 people were confirmed dead, while four were in cardiac arrest.

The wounded were taken to at least six hospitals in the western Tokyo area.

5.0 earthquake shakes buildings in Toyko

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Japan's capital Toyko early on Sunday morning.

Tokai nuclear power station, pictured during an earthquake drill in 2011 Credit: Reuters

The quake happened north-west of the city but didn't cause any immediate damage, local media reported.

The Tokai No.2 nuclear power station, around 75 miles north of Tokyo, was halted for checks, while a disused station near the capital was also being checked for damage.

In April, Japan was rocked by two earthquakes which forced over 200,000 people to be evacuated from their homes and left more than 40 dead.

The two earthquakes struck within a day of each other.

Japan 'on alert' over possible North Korea missile launch

Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, according to the Kyodo news agency.

The country has also ordered naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for it, the agency added.

But a spokesman for Japan's Ministry of Defence in Tokyo declined to say whether such an order has been issued.

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