December 10, 2015 12:39
The Korean suspect in a bombing at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Nov. 23 voluntarily went back to Japan on Wednesday and was taken into custody.
Identified as Chon Chang-han (27), the suspect was arrested at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Chon went home to Korea on the day of the bombing and has denied any involvement in the incident.
Kyodo reported that he told Japanese police that, after being questioned by Japanese reporters whether he was the bomber, he wanted to "check the restroom again" where the bomb exploded.
The shrine is widely seen in Korea as a symbol of Japanese militarism since it honors convicted war criminals among the country's fallen.
Family members said Chon (more commonly spelled "Jeon") was born in Namwon, North Jeolla Province. He only completed middle school but later took a high-school equivalency diploma before becoming an electrician and entering the Air Force in 2009. He was discharged from mandatory military service in March and has not worked since.
According to Japanese media he stayed in a hotel a 10-minute walk from the shrine. CCTV footage showed him walking around the shrine the day before the explosion. They apparently identified his DNA from a cigarette butt collected from the bathroom.
A Foreign Ministry official here said a consular official has been dispatched to assess the situation. Authorities here told Kyodo Chon went to Japan of his own volition.
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