TOKYO (AFP) - A man armed with a knife took five people hostage at a Japanese bank Thursday, police said, with local media reporting he was demanding Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet resign. The man began the siege at the Zoshi branch of the Toyokawa Shinkin Bank in central Aichi prefecture around 2:20 pm (0520 GMT), a police spokesman said without elaborating. Wielding a survival knife, he took four employees and a female customer captive and was demanding the Noda cabinet step down, as well as asking to speak to journalists, local media said. The hostage-taker was originally said to be in his 30s or 40s, but later media reports suggested he was in his 50s.