Police in Tokyo have arrested four people on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after they barged into a coronavirus vaccination clinic and disrupted the inoculations.
The four, led by Noboru Nakagawa, 64, of no fixed occupation, are believed to be members of an anti-vaccination group called Yamato-Q, Kyodo News reported. The group has been campaigning against the vaccines on social media, as well as trying to stop vaccinations in Tokyo since January.
The latest incident occurred at a clinic in Tokyo’s Shibuya district at around 11 a.m. on Thursday. At the time, several people, including children, were being vaccinated. The four entered the clinic, yelling that vaccinations are a crime and demanded to speak to the clinic director.
One of the clinic staff called 110 and the four trespassers were arrested.
On its website, Yamato Q refers to itself as the Japan branch of the U.S. political conspiracy movement QAnon, which is popular among rightwing extremists. Yamato Q claims that the coronavirus is a hoax and doesn’t exist.
In March, Yamato Q members also tried to disrupt vaccinations at Tokyo Dome and other venues in the capital.© Japan Today