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Police Arrest Man for Landing Drone With Radioactive Material on Abe’s Roof

© REUTERS / KyodoPolice and security officers investigate an unidentified drone
Police and security officers investigate an unidentified drone - Sputnik International
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A 40-year-old man landed a drone with Fukushima sand on PM Shinzo Abe's office protesting the government’s nuclear policy.

Police and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo April 22, 2015 - Sputnik International
Drone on Rooftop of Japanese PM's Office Rattles Police Nerves
MOSCOW (Sputnik) —Japanese police have arrested a man suspected of landing a drone carrying radioactive material on the rooftop of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office, local media reported Saturday.

The man, identified as 40-year-old Yasuo Yamamoto, turned himself in on Friday, confessing he flew the small drone to protest the Japanese government’s nuclear policy, according to NHK.

The aircraft was found to carry traces of radioactive substances. Yamamoto told officers that he had placed sand from Fukushima in a container attached to the drone.

The 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant, triggered by a massive tsunami, caused a meltdown of several of the plant's reactors and a leak of radioactive materials.

© REUTERS / Toru HanaiPolice and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone
Police and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone - Sputnik International
Police and security officials stand around a tarpaulin covering a drone

All of Japan’s nuclear plants were shut down following the incident and may only resume work if new and stricter safety standards are met.

Over the past year, Japan has moved toward returning to nuclear power, with several local courts approving the restart of nuclear reactors.

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