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Tokyo police make arrest in Anne Frank diary vandalism case

Published on Mar 14, 2014 3:46 PM
 
Ripped pages of three books of Anne Frank's "Diary of Young Girl" are displayed at a library in Tokyo on Feb 21, 2014. A man was arrested Friday for vandalising copies of Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" in Tokyo libraries, police said, a case that has sparked alarm over a rightward shift in Japanese politics. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A man was arrested Friday for vandalising copies of Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" in Tokyo libraries, police said, a case that has sparked alarm over a rightward shift in Japanese politics.

More than 300 copies of the diary, or publications containing biographies of Anne Frank, Nazi persecution of Jews and related material had been torn at many public libraries in Japan.

Police on Friday did not supply a motive for the crime, or identify the suspect, whom they said has admitted to the vandalism.

Japanese authorities often refrain from naming a suspect when there are questions over the individual's mental competence.

 
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