Police in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of vandalizing flower beds outside a shopping area early in the morning on April 20. According to police, the suspect, identified as Shin Miyamoto, decimated about 200 pansies and other flowers. Police identified him through surveillance camera footage. Miyamoto has admitted to the charge, but told police he was drunk from a night out with friends.
Japan has been hit by a rash of similar cases this month, with someone tearing to pieces more than 2,000 tulips on separate occasions in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, as well as Misato in Saitama. Police said Miyamoto is not a suspect in those cases.© Japan Today