Trespasser nabbed at Yasukuni

Kyodo

A South Korean man has been arrested on suspicion of entering the premises of the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo without permission and hurling a plastic bottle containing a flammable liquid at its main hall, police said.

Kang Yong-min intruded into the shrine premises on Sunday evening after coming to Japan on Saturday, the police said. A lighter in his possession led them to suspect he was trying to commit arson.

Some liquid believed to be toluene spilled on the stone floor when Kang threw the bottle as a security officer, who found the unemployed 23-year-old hiding near a restroom, tried to escort him off the premises, the police said.