• Kyodo


A 40-year-old rightwinger was arrested Wednesday morning after he hurled a Molotov cocktail at a Bank of China branch here, police said.

Yoshinori Kawabe, of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, was quoted by police as saying that he attacked the bank building because he was angry about the anti-Japan demonstrations in China.

No one was injured in the 6:20 a.m. attack, which scorched a wall and sidewalk outside the branch.

Police have been guarding the bank branch since April 10, when a suspected rightwinger fired a round, possibly from an air gun, at the entrance, cracking a glass door.

After Kawabe pulled up in a taxi, jumped out and hurled his Molotov cocktail, he was immediately seized by police.

Kawabe has denied any involvement in the April 10 incident, police said.

The National Public Safety Commission said Tuesday that 25 attacks and harassment incidents against Chinese interests have been reported in Japan since April 9, following anti-Japan rallies and vandalism in China.

The incidents have been aimed at such places as diplomatic missions and schools, it said.

No media, thank you

MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. (Kyodo) The town of Yoshida, Ehime Prefecture, has told the media not to report on a visiting Chinese friendship delegation due to safety concerns, town officials said Wednesday.

In a letter sent Tuesday to media companies belonging to a local press club, Yoshida Mayor Shuichi Asano asks reporters not to cover the delegation until it has left Japan, they said. The delegation will soon arrive from Xiangshan County in Zhejiang Province.

“We cannot rule out the possibility that somebody who does not think well of the friendship exchanges may do harm to the delegation if it is reported,” the mayor says in the letter.

The press club said it has told the town that each of its members would make their own decision on the matter.

The town and the Chinese county have maintained friendly relations since 1990, officials said.

Separately, a group of Fukushima Prefectural Assembly members said Wednesday it has postponed a trip to China in response to anti-Japan rallies there.

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