Man Arrested in Japan for Scattering Anti-Olympic Flyers From Subway Train, Reports Suggest
© REUTERS / FABRIZIO BENSCHA woman poses in front of the National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan July 23, 2021.
© REUTERS / FABRIZIO BENSCH
TOKYO (Sputnik) - Police have arrested a 59-year-old man in the Japanese prefecture of Aichi for scattering flyers criticising the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games from a subway train, national media reported on 25 July.
Yuji Usui was arrested after allegedly throwing several dozen flyers from the window of a running subway train in the prefecture's capital of Nagoya on Friday, hours before the opening ceremony of the sporting event in Tokyo, the Kyodo news agency reported, citing the local police.
The Tokyo Olympics opened on Friday, with around 19,000 athletes taking part in the competitions. The opponents staged large-scale demonstrations across the Japanese capital that day, demanding the authorities to focus on COVID-19 response, not the Games.