Japanese man sends Prime Minister finger for shunning shrine


A Japanese nationalist sent part of a severed finger to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for not paying respects at a controversial war shrine, police said after arresting him Thursday. Yoshihiro Tanjo, 54, was charged with intimidation tactics after chopping off part of a little finger and sending it to the headquarters of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, a police spokesman said.

Tanjo, who is unemployed but heads a right-wing group in the western city of Kurashiki, also sent a letter of protest and a DVD showing his act. “In the DVD there were very graphic images of him chopping off a part of his finger, which he had filmed himself,” the Kurashiki police spokesman said.