Four 20-year-old men and a 19-year-old youth were arrested on Tuesday for disrupting a Coming-of-Age ceremony held on Jan 11 in Akita City, police said Wednesday.
All five males are accused of running around and yelling just after Mayor Motomo Hozumi, 52, had finished his speech, thereby obstructing the ceremony. They have admitted to the allegations and said they did it as they wanted to stand out.
The Akita City Board of Education decided to file a damages claim with police last Wednesday, and a total of 18 "new adults" who took part in the disruption went to the mayor's office in suits to apologize last Saturday.
The mayor did not withdraw the damages claim, saying he wanted them to take responsibility, but added he asked the police for leniency so that the incident would not stain their futures.
Footage of some of the incident and one of the youths being tackled to the floor can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPxtEhCgCnk© News reports