• The Associated Press


Police arrested a rightist Tuesday upon his discharge from a Yamagata Prefecture hospital in connection with the arson blaze that gutted the family home of Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Koichi Kato hours after he criticized Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Aug. 15 visit to Yasukuni Shrine.

Masahiro Horigome, 65, who was identified as a member of a Tokyo-based rightwing group, was arrested on suspicion of arson, police spokesman Hiroyuki Takahashi said, without further identifying the group.

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