April 15, 2023 – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was evacuated unharmed Saturday after someone threw an explosive device in his direction while he was campaigning at a fishing port in western Japan, officials said. Police wrestled a suspect to the ground as screaming bystanders scrambled to get away and smoke filled the air.
The man was subdued at the site in Wakayama city, where several hundred people had gathered at a local fishing port.
Police said they had arrested Ryuji Kimura, a 24-year-old from nearby Hyogo prefecture. The suspect is refusing to answer questions in the absence of a lawyer, according to police.
The “explosive” had at least a 15 second fuse and it may have been even longer since every clip we’ve seen of the incident is edited between the tackle and detonation. The people in the front row were too slow to react and yet had zero collateral damage. Not a deadly device – more like a noise maker. Makes you wonder what the motives were.