Arsonist hits South Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo


The South Korean Cultural Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, was hit by an arson attack Wednesday night, officials said.

The fire, which went out quickly, left scorch marks on a wall near the center’s back door. Nobody was injured. A male staff member found the fire at around 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, according to officials at the center and other sources.

Security camera footage showed what looked like a masked person spraying a fluid, igniting it and running away at around 11:50 p.m., the sources said, adding that two burned cigarette lighter refill canisters were discovered at the scene.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the incident. The center is an arm of the South Korean Embassy.

The South Korean government requested through diplomatic channels Thursday that Japan investigate the incident promptly and enhance security around its embassy in Minato Ward.

  • Liars N. Fools

    This is the sort of thing that happens when the not so subtle message of the government is that the Koreans are not worthy of Japan’s respect. At a time when Park Geun-hye uses her March 1 speech to say that Japan is its most important neighbor with shared values, Japan’s Foreign Ministry strips similar language from its description of Korea.

    • Matéo Viard

      Of course, that’s why Park Geun-Hye released a book “Why I am anti-Japan”…