A South Korean man attacked the Japanese Embassy in Seoul by intentionally crashing a small truck into the building. Luckily there were no casualties, and the driver, whose name has only been released as Kim, was arrested by police. The 61 year old driver says he carried out his attack in revenge for an incident where a Japanese right-wing activist placed insulting signs on a comfort women memorial last month.
The man crashed his truck into the embassy’s front gate at roughly 4:55 AM, and was subsequently arrested by the police on guard. No damage was reported, other than to the gate itself. The driver told police that he wanted to get back at the Japanese man who created a scene at the statue of a young girl that serves as a memorial to those who were forced to serve as comfort women to the Japanese Imperial Army during its Korean occupation before and during World War II.
Nobuyuki Suzuki, who is now facing a lawsuit from South Korean women who felt insulted, put signage up that said a disputed island between the two countries (Takeshima in Japanese, Dokdo in Korean) was inherently Japanese territory. The incident caused outrage among South Koreans, and now people are calling for Suzuki’s expulsion and ban from re-entering Korea. He is being sued by the group of 10 women for defamation in a Seoul court.
[Via Korea Herald]