Jun. 11, 2014
A Saudi Arabian man has been arrested for vandalizing Buddhist statues at a temple in downtown Tokyo.
Police say they received an emergency call about a foreigner behaved violently at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Taito Ward at around midnight on Wednesday.
They say officers who rushed to the scene found 4 Buddhist statues lying broken on the ground.
Police say they questioned a 31-year-old Saudi Arabian graduate school student nearby, and the man admitted that he had destroyed the statues.
The vandalism involved 3 stone statues measuring 60 to 100 centimeters tall and a 200-centimeter tall bronze one that was made about 300 years ago.
It has been designated as the ward’s significant cultural property.
Police say the man told them that he has conducted similar vandalism at another temple.