OSAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua)--A Japanese man was arrested Friday night by local police on suspicion of throwing a signal flare at the South Korean Consulate General in Kobe, local press reported Saturday.
Hyogo prefectural police said Masao Jitsui, a 40-year-old unemployed man, threw a signal flare at the South Korean Consulate General in Kobe at about 9:55 p.m. local time, adding that the assault caused no injuries and the suspect was arrested at the scene.
Jitsui admitted to the police that he did this to express his anger at a recent South Korean court's decision to turn down a Japanese extradition request for Liu Qiang, a Chinese national who served a ten-month jail sentence for an arson attack on the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
Japan had sought Liu's extradition in connection with a separate arson attack that caused minor damage at the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo in December 2011. The shrine honors WWII war criminals among the war dead.