have 3 demands or I'll kill the boy!"
assess the situation from next door.
Everyone goes home in time for dinner
(Well, almost everyone...)............
In the US - We would assume this guy is innocent and we would attempt to discuss the situation for hours, but more likely, even a day or longer. During this time we would feed him anything he asked for and provide warm clothing etc to ensure his comfort.
When it was all resolved we would give him a fair trial, having appointed the finest Lawyer free of charge to represent him. If we found him guilty (unlikely) we may send him to prison for a few years. The prison would be close to his home, so as not to cause distress and anguish to his relatives. While in prison he will have a roof over his head, watch cable TV, visit the gym and have all his medical looked after, eat like a king and maybe learn the law, gain a degree (for free) and before we know it he'll turn around and sue the Police negotiator, the Police Department and the State and Federal Governments - all this and more is paid for with our tax $$$s!!!
In Japan - They keep their expenses and time to a minimum!
No wonder their cars cost less.