Possible Rightwing Terrorist Attack near Kantei

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Tokyo -- This afternoon a young man wielding a samurai sword attacked a riot police officer near the Kantei, the prime minister's official residence. The officer received a serious wound to his left hand before the assailant was overpowered by other nearby policemen.

The attacker has been arrested and he is now being questioned.

Although the motive for this attack has not yet been revealed, similar attacks in the past - especially those using samurai swords - are usually carried out by rightwing nationalist groups.

Police were on high alert today, the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan and all members of his cabinet refrained from visiting Yasukuni Shrine today, and the premier has angered many Japanese conservatives with apologies toward Korea and other Asian countries.

One such apology was delivered by Prime Minister Kan earlier today.

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