Japanese Man Indicted in Anti-Korean Arson Attempt

      May 11, 2015 12:36

      Japanese prosecutors have indicted a man for trying to set fire to the Korea Cultural Center in downtown Tokyo in March.

      The Korean Embassy in Tokyo said Toshikazu Kondo (39) has been indicted on charges of breaking and entering and property damage and is expected to stand trial within a month.

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

      He was arrested in his apartment on April 10 after police searched through the Shinjuku district based on leads from the CCTV footage.

      The Weekly Post magazine reported that Kondo used to work in sales and later as a waiter in a bar , and ran an entertainment agency that went bankrupt. Since then, he has been unemployed and began venting his frustrations on the Internet.

      He was particularly hostile to Koreans and posted messages on his blog warning them not to come to Japan.

      Kondo initially denied the charges but admitted them later as the investigation progressed.

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