Man fatally shoots himself in
front of Japan parliament
TOKYO (AP) -
A man carrying a protest letter to Prime Minister Yasuo
Fukuda fatally shot himself in the head Wednesday in front of
Japan's parliament building, police said.
The man, who appeared to be in his 60s, got out
of a taxi in front of the south gate of the parliament building
and fired the gun, according to local police official Hiromu
He was later confirmed dead at a hospital, an
official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police said.
Media reports said that the man was a right-wing
activist. Police were checking his identity, said the second
official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy.
The man was carrying a protest letter to Fukuda
urging him to handle foreign policy and the issue of the
Yasukuni war shrine "firmly," according to the second official.
Healso was carrying another letter to the media
calling on them to promote visits to the war shrine by the
people of Japan, the Tokyo Police official said.