A sweet potato vendor was arrested Friday after setting fire to his truck in front of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi’s private residence in Tokyo’s Kita Ward, police said.Yasushi Maeda, 47, reportedly told police that he wanted to take out his stress from bad business on Obuchi. “I tried to create confusion,” he was quoted as saying.Maeda came to Obuchi’s house at 6:30 a.m. in his vendor truck and set fire to the fuel tank by using a cloth soaked with gasoline, police said. Security guards noticed the flames and extinguished them immediately. Maeda was arrested on the spot.Obuchi lives in the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Chiyoda Ward during the week. He spends time at his private residence only once or twice a month on weekends, according to police.
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