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A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday after allegedly throwing a flare at the building housing the Chinese Consulate General in Nagasaki, they said.

The incident, apparently linked to Japan’s diplomatic spat with China over the arrest of a fishing boat captain near islands administered by Japan but also claimed by Beijing and Taiwan, occurred at 9:25 a.m.

Police identified the man as Kazuki Tanigawa, a member of a private political group. No one was injured because the consulate is closed on Sundays, they said.

The man was taking part in a political rally near the consulate with his fellow members, according to police.

In a related development later in the day, a man on a scooter fled after apparently setting a piece of paper on fire outside the building of the Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka, local police said.

Sunday’s incidents followed the arrest of another man with a knife outside the Prime Minister’s Official Residence on Saturday.

Masaki Watanabe, a 32-year-old unemployed man from Osaka, told police he wanted to protest the release of the skipper. He was carrying a statement of protest, the police said.

He was allegedly carrying a 17-cm-long kitchen knife in a bag in front of the office, a violation of the Sword and Firearm Control Law.

The suspect told police he was carrying the knife for self-defense.

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