A 23 year old Korean man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to set fire to the Yasukuni Shrine in Toyko, Japan Daily Press reports.
South Korean Kang Yeon-min was arrested on Sunday for trespassing at the shrine after a security guard found him hiding in a toilet near the south gate. He had a plastic bottle filled with flammable liquid and two lighters in his possession. According to police, Kang tried to scatter the liquid — believed to be toulene — at the worship hall as he was being escorted off the premises.
In January, a Seoul court refused to extradite a Chinese national suspected of committing an arson attack at the shrine in 2011.
The Yasukuni Shrine, which contains the resting places of several Class A war criminals, is a frequent bone of contention between Japan and its neighbours, with both Korea and China voicing their objection to Japanese politicians visiting the shrine.
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