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Man arrested for targeting Wuhan residents with graffiti at Yasukuni Shrine

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 33-year-old man after graffiti targeting residents of Wuhan, China, was discovered in Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted war criminals along with millions of Japan’s war dead.

According to police, Susumu Kawabe, a systems engineer living in Edogawa Ward, was arrested on Wednesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. He has been charged with vandalism by defacing a public restroom at the shrine on May 4. The graffiti, scribbled with a pen on the wall, stated, “Let’s kill all the residents of Wuhan.” The Chinese city was the first epicenter of the coronavirus.

Police quoted Kawabe as saying he was trying to get back at online netouyo (Japanese rightwingers) and hoped they would be blamed for the graffiti.

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Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted war criminals along with Japan’s war dead.

Talk about misleading readers. Sounds like the major part consists of war criminals when in reality it is 0.04%...

0.0005% if you only include the controversial so-called ‘class A war criminals’.

Police quoted Kawabe as saying he was trying to get back at online netouyo (Japanese rightwingers) and hoped they would be blamed for the graffiti.

This is a common tactic. There are people who pretend they are right wingers just to make a lot of noise and make the public hate them. It works pretty well!

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What a wonderful human being,the most preoccupying thing that besides his extreme action there are quiet a lot of people that have such believes.

The world somehow is trying to move forward but many people and more here are trying to revert time backward and maybe even wish to reach the pre-war era.

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This is about vandalism at a shrine perhaps to express frustration and anger towards China’s handling of the coronavirus. Not another rehash about war criminals and politician visits please.

It was interesting though he claims his real target was the right wingers as most would assume to be the culprit. Sneaky.

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Good. The worst part about this virus is not the sickness and death, but the sudden increase of discrimination and racism everywhere. You might give me a thumbs down for this controversial comment, but kids growing up in this unfriendly, hostile world have the potential to do way more damage than the virus has

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More like those right wing losers put him up to it

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The Yaksukuni has no power forever on the NATO world stage only in japan

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Japanese can only hoorah in Japan, any other country they will get that work.

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0.0005% if you only include the controversial so-called ‘class A war criminals’.

This is like saying Hitler was only one man, so honoring him alongside Germany's war dead is fine even though he hardly counts as war dead. Neither do those hung after the war for war crimes....for CREATING the war dead.

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Kutan:

No try. Bye, Felicia.

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Wow. Thought this one right through didn’t ya mate. You can never get away with setting anyone up. It’s just not cricket. No matter how despicable you may think they are.

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Maybe Ysukuni Shrine not the best place to target people from Wuhan China???

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pukey-awesome!

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Oh just let him go !

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Aly:

Typo. I actually wanted to say 'nice try'.

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Thank JT for follow-ups on the crime. Some media outlets seem reluctant to report due to an "inconvenient" truth.

Below is my post at that time.

May 6  08:06 am JST

Posted in: Graffiti targeting Wuhan residents over virus found at Yasukuni shrine  See in context

While following an inquiry underway, I'm not sure if it was really committed by an anti-Chinese radical right wings as often speculated. As such groups of people are likely to consider Yasukuni as a very sacred place (even it toilets), vandalism itself is highly offensive.

I'm glad that my deduction proves right. Elementary! Yet many were misdirected to assume otherwise. It's malicious to commit a crime for propaganda in someone's disguise.

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There are people who pretend they are right wingers just to make a lot of noise and make the public hate them. It works pretty well!

Right wingers don't need any extra help getting people to hate them. They're very good at it , all by themselves. (In any country, BTW.)

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Why did you have to write: “Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted war criminals?”

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