Diaoyu Islands

In Japan, man arrested over China consulate smoke bombs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 11:55am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

A Japanese man has been arrested after allegedly throwing two smoke bombs at the Chinese consulate general in the southwestern city of Fukuoka, police said on Tuesday.

Yuya Fujita, 21, reportedly told police that he lobbed the smoke bombs “in a protest against China”, local media said.

Fujita, who identifies himself as a construction worker and a member of a political activism group, turned himself in to a nearby police station soon after the Monday night incident, a police spokesman said.

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Tensions between Japan and China have intensified as anti-Japanese protests, some of them violent, have widespread across China in recent days over the East China Sea islands known as Diaoyu by Beijing and Senkaku by Tokyo.