The vehicle barreled down the narrow street, which was packed with pedestrians, slamming into a number of them, police said.
Eight people were injured after a man rammed his auto into pedestrians on a shopping street in central Tokyo in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.
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One person, a 21-year-old man, has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder, according to police.
NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with a smashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances.
Local TV footage showed the small van with a smashed-up front end, as ambulance workers and police officers rushed to the scene.
Police said a large tank filled with kerosene was found in the auto.
The road was closed to facilitate access to the shrine, which is a popular destination for people on New Year's Eve.
Japanese police said a ninth person was injured after Kusakabe got out of his auto and punched him.
The crash occurred early on Tuesday on Takeshita Dori, a street well-known to tourists and pop culture and fashion fans that runs past the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, Shibuya ward. It was not immediately clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or Japan's system of capital punishment. Seven people were killed.