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Police issue arrest warrant for Chinese man in Seoul over Yasukuni arson attack

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Police in Tokyo on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for a Chinese man, currently detained in Seoul, on suspicion of starting a fire at Yasukuni shrine on Dec 26.

The 38-year-old man was arrested in Seoul on Jan 8 after he hurled four molotov cocktails at the Japanese embassy. The suspect, identified only as Liu, said he attacked the embassy because his grandmother was forced into wartime sex slavery.

He reportedly told Korean police that he was also responsible for the arson attack on Yasukuni shrine.

Liu is from China's southern city of Guangzhou and entered South Korea last month via Japan on a tourist visa.

Known as "comfort women," about 200,000 females from Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries were drafted to work in Japanese army brothels, according to historians.

Japan insists the issue was legally settled almost four decades ago but is coming under new pressure from South Korea to compensate elderly victims before the last of them die.

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo is dedicated to 2.5 million Japanese killed in wars -- including top World War II criminals -- and is often seen as a symbol of the country's wartime aggression.

Its main wooden gate was set on fire and suffered minor damage on Dec 26.

Liu told Seoul police he attacked the embassy because he was angry at the Japanese government's refusal to deal with the issue of comfort women.

He also claimed his maternal great-grandfather had been tortured to death by Japanese police after campaigning against Tokyo's 1910-45 occupation of the Korean peninsula, Yonhap news agency said.

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Whoa! Pretty international story here...CHINESE man in KOREA got busted for stating a fire in JAPAN.

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He also claimed his maternal great-grandfather had been tortured to death by Japanese police after campaigning against Tokyo’s 1910-45 occupation of the Korean peninsula,

and my great-great-great-great grandfather was tortured by British backed French counter-revolutionaries in Brest, APOROGISE BLITAIN!

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@NeoJamal Takes a pretty strong will to stand up for what you believe in. It takes even more to create some smoke in the city. Yasakuni represents a lot pain dished out my Imperial Japan. Those men are honored there.

He'll get into trouble. No doubt about that. I respect him for his conviction. What he did will never be condoned publicly but if he has a son or relatives, they should be proud.

It's easy to say what he did was stupid and dangerous. It's ALWAYS easy to say that. Personally, if Yasakuni shrine was on fire and I was standing right there....I wouldn't even spit on it to put it out. I'd help get a couple people to safety without putting myself in harm's way but other than that.....nah....break out some marshmallows. It's time for sMORE.

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I agree with Netninja is it wrong to take up the courage to defile the graves of soldiers that fought against their own country in contempt? or fire bomb the embassy of their nation? Who ever says otherwise is a pathetic liberal.

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I better be clear here.

I give him an A for his conviction. Japan's government will give him a 10 (years) for his conviction.

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" He also claimed his maternal great-grandfather had been tortured to death by Japanese police "

And my great great great grandfather, a hugenot, was tortured to death by the French armee. Should I firebomb the French embassy?

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And my great great great grandfather, a hugenot, was tortured to death by the French armee. Should I firebomb the French embassy?

You might if he was still alive, and the French government gave your government his compensation money in secret 40 years ago and is not acting all surprised that he never got paid.

His actions are more current than you want to believe. The primary motivation was his grandmother and the sex slave compensation, and the fact that Japan gave the money to the South Korean government was kept secret by both governments and exposed only recently. Some people should be jailed for life over that, on both sides, but they are escaping justice. Its not a surprise that a man resorted to fire bombs. Its a surprise that so few do.

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Japanese government must reasonably think the situation ...to calm down , The Chinese anger ... Japanese should not think this as a personal anger or uncontrolled action of a person , or a criminal act...... The Great Chinese nation they are still with the emotional pain ... should not undermine . that could not describe in anyway,

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I may not agree with an issue, but I dare not try to create an incident which may wound up harming and killing/injuring people. This man may feel wronged, but to cause violence and potentially injure someone, especially by burning is criminal and wrong. There may be some people like netninja who may rejoice that property is damaged and people may face tremendous injury, but fortunately, many people think this is not the case, primarily the international justice system.

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nihoncritic.

Well said, very tough to truly justify breaking a law and causing a deliberate criminal offence.

Most people aren't controlled by their emotions and feelings or they don't allow themselves to be done so.

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I think what added fuel to the fire is japan as a whole failing to recognise their own war-time atrocities. They certainly know a lot when it comes to other countries past inhumane activities but are arrogant to their own heinous crimes.

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