Police said Thursday they arrested a 25-year-old unemployed man after he set fire to an outer wall at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in what he said was a suicide attempt.
According to police, the incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, TBS reported. A shrine employee called police to say that the man had started a fire at an outer wall near the Chinreisha (spirit-pacifying wooden Shinto shrine).
The fire took about 30 minutes to extinguish and there were no injuries, police said.
Police found the arson suspect sitting on the ground at the scene. TBS reported that he had four PET bottles containing an oil-like liquid with him.
The suspect was quoted by police as saying he came to the shrine to commit suicide by self-immolation as an offering to the shrine.© Japan Today