A man drove his car through the glass doors at the entrance of police headquarters in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on Friday night, then got out of his vehicle and started a fire.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Akihiro Moriguchi, 35, rammed his car into the entrance of the building at about 11 p.m. Friday. NTV reported that he then got out of the car, brandishing a bar in one hand, and poured a gasoline-type liquid on the floor. He set fire to the liquid with a lighter.
Police overpowered Moriguchi and the fire was extinguished quickly. There were no serious injuries reported.
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Japan plans to boost financial aid to developing countries to help them tackle climate change by providing about ¥1.3 trillion (about $10.6 billion) a year by 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday. (The Japan News)
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