According to CNN, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police have detained a suspect, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe.
Police inspect a auto whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019.
In the early hours of the new year, a man crashed his auto into pedestrians in Shibuya Ward in Tokyo, injuring nine people in what he claimed to be a terrorist attack, local media reported Tuesday.
Police said a large tank filled with kerosene was found in the vehicle.
In a similar attack in 2008, a man who said he was exhausted of life drove a rental truck into a crowd of pedestrians in Tokyo before jumping out and stabbing several people.
Japanese television showed a grey coloured vehicle that was badly damaged in the front and dozens of police officers at the scene.
Every New Year's Eve, the train line that includes Harajuku station runs all night, for people welcoming the new year with a shrine visit. It was not immediately clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or Japan's system of capital punishment.
Police took into custody a man in his 20s but did not further identify him.
The incident happened in the tourist and shopping destination of Harajuku on Takeshita Street, which is close to the Meiji Shrine. The man told the police he had knocked down the pedestrians in order to kill them, the MPD said. Seven people were killed.