He was reportedly demonstrating against the Foreign Ministry’s failure to complain to Beijing after a violent incident between a Chinese national and a Japanese citizen at Yasukuni Shrine last month.
The only reason I’m mentioning this incident is that I find the suspect’s age interesting. It seems that the perpetrators of past incidents tend to be older men in at least their 50s; contrary to what I would expect, the right-wing organizations do not seem to have much appeal to the “lost generation,” despite their obvious grievances with the system.
This may be an isolated incident — I certainly think it would be a mistake to read too much into this and other instances of right-wing violence. I leave it to others to tell whether this incident has greater significance as far as the demographics of the extreme right are concerned.