A man crashed a car into a barricade near the entrance of the Israel Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday, injuring a police officer.
Police arrested the 53-year-old driver at the scene. He was identified as Shinobu Sekiguchi, a member of a right-wing group, local media reported.
Israel's ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen said in a social media post he was "shocked" by the events and thanked police for ensuring their security.
The incident happened at around 11 a.m. at an area near the embassy which has been the site of a handful of pro-Palestinian demonstrations against Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip in recent weeks.
Police had stepped up security in the area, including erecting the temporary barricades, since the Israel-Hamas war began on Oct 7, residents said.
A month ago, a staffer at the Israeli embassy in Beijing was assaulted on the street and hospitalised.© Thomson Reuters 2023.