Suspect Mum Over Tokyo Arson

      April 13, 2015 11:43

      Japanese authorities have put out an arrest warrant for a man suspected of trying to set fire to the Korea Cultural Center in downtown Tokyo last month.

      Toshikazu Kondo (39) has been questioned since he was caught at a building site in Shinjuku last Friday.

      The case has baffled police since Kondo denies the charges and no obvious link has been found to chauvinistic or far-right organizations that typically vent their rage on Korean institutions.

      The arrest warrant would allow Kondo to be held without charge for 10 more days and can be extended for another 10 days.

      Kondo was recorded on CCTV lighting two Zippo fuel canisters outside the center's side gate on March 25, his face and neck covered with a black mask.

      But while his arrest was swift the motive remains murky, and a Korean Embassy official said, "Japanese police are trying to charge him with attempted burglary and destroying property rather than arson. We've made it clear that we can't understand why."

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