A woman died after being stabbed on a street near a busy train station in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka on Monday, police said.

The male suspect, in his 30s to 50s and wearing a black jacket, fled the scene near JR Hakata Station still armed with the knife, the police said.

Police investigate the scene where a woman was stabbed in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on Jan. 16, 2023. (Kyodo)

The police received an emergency call around 6:15 p.m. that a woman was stabbed. She was taken to hospital but later confirmed dead.

A man who works at a company near the site heard a woman's screams from outside around 6 p.m. "It's scary that something like this happened in an office district," he said.

The site is about 200 meters west of the station, a downtown area where office buildings and hotels are located.