• Compiled From Kyodo, Staff Reports


A rightwinger protesting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision not to visit war-related Yasukuni Shrine was arrested Thursday on suspicion of intimidation for sending his severed left pinkie to Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo, police said.

Yoshihiro Tanjo, 54, a senior member of a rightwing group in Okayama Prefecture, allegedly sent the finger in an envelope, which also contained a letter of protest and a DVD that recorded his act of finger-severing, on Aug. 16, the day after the anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender, police said.

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