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.© Japan Today