Japan police arrest S. Korean suspect in blast at Tokyo shrine

    Japan police arrest S. Korean suspect in blast at Tokyo shrine

    Dec 9, Tokyo: A South Korean man has been arrested by Japanese police suspecting him of bombing Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine, local media reported.

    A small blast hit a public toilet on 23 November as the shrine opened for a festival. There were no injuries.

    According to media reports, the suspect, 27, is alleged to have gone to Korea after the incident, but was arrested on his return to Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Japan's war dead including some convicted war criminals.

    The souls of the dead are worshipped there rather than just remembered, making visits to it by conservative politicians like current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, particularly controversial with World War Two adversaries China and the two Koreas.

    The visits are seen as a lack of remorse on Japan's part for its militaristic past.

    Public broadcaster NHK said police approached the man at Tokyo's Haneda airport and arrested him on a charge of illegal entry into the shrine. The man denies the allegation according to NHK.

    Japanese media had previously identified the suspect from CCTV footage from the shrine and the nearby area, where he is reported to have stayed.

    The blast reportedly opened a hole in the ceiling and left behind the remains of batteries, wires and metal pipes that police believe contained explosives.


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