Police arrest S. Korean suspect in blast at Tokyo war shrine

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Posted: Dec 09, 2015 1:10 AM
Police arrest S. Korean suspect in blast at Tokyo war shrine

TOKYO (AP) — Police in Tokyo have arrested a South Korean man suspected of causing an explosion last month in a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead.

The 27-year-old Jeon Chang-han was arrested Wednesday after he returned to Tokyo from South Korea for voluntary questioning, police officials said.

No one was injured in the Nov. 23 explosion at the Yasukuni shrine. Police earlier said the suspect was identified from close-circuit TV and had left Japan after the blast.

The shrine, which honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including executed war criminals, is a focal point for lingering tensions with Japan's neighbors over the country's aggression before and during World War II.

Many families and tourists visit Yasukuni, which has a grandiose gate, giant cherry trees and a museum that pays homage to those who died in Japan's wars, including kamikaze pilots.