Japan: Police Arrest Man for Breaking into Shinto Shrine with Putin Curse Doll

Japan: Police Arrest Man for Breaking into Shinto Shrine with Putin Curse Doll


Police in the Japanese town of Matsudo arrested a 72-year-old man on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to curse Russian leader Vladimir Putin by nailing a straw doll bearing a photo of Putin’s face to a sacred Shinto shrine tree and including a note inside the doll’s breast wishing death to the leader, Kyodo News reported.

The Matsudo-Higashi Police Station announced on June 15 that its officers arrested Mitsunobu Hino, 72, on suspicion of “breaking and entering and damaging property” at the local Mikazuki Shrine at approximately 2:10 p.m. on May 19. Security camera footage captured the man as he trespassed onto the shrine’s grounds. He is believed to have created “4-centimeter-deep holes” in a sacred “shinboku” tree so that he could affix his straw doll to the

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