One dead in ear-cleaning salon attack

TOKYO Mon Aug 3, 2009 1:01pm EDT

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A customer banned from a Tokyo ear-cleaning salon was arrested in Tokyo Monday on suspicion of stabbing a young woman working at the salon and killing her grandmother, Japanese media reported.

Japan has many salons where workers, often women, clean customers' ears with ear picks, sometimes as the customers lie on the workers' laps.

The 41-year-old male customer had been banned from the salon, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

He told the police that he was having trouble with the 21-year-old salon worker and had prepared knives to kill her, it said.

A spokesman for Tokyo metropolitan police department confirmed the arrest but declined to give details of the attack.

The worker was alive but unconscious after the attack at her home, the Yomiuri said. The grandmother was stabbed when she answered the front door.

(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Rodney Joyce)

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