The diplomat survived the attack after he managed to drive his car into the embassy, the police sources told Xinhua.
The senior diplomat has been sent to a hospital and is in stable condition, a medical source said.
The Japanese embassy in Sanaa has not commented on the incident yet.
Foreigners are frequently kidnapped in Yemen by Al-Qaeda militants, who ask for ransom or for the swap for their jailed relatives. Most of the kidnapped have been freed unharmed.
--IANS (Posted on 15-12-2013)