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Man rams car into South Korean embassy in Tokyo

July 12, 1996
Web posted at: 11:20 a.m. EDT (1520 GMT)

TOKYO (CNN) - A man claiming to be a member of a Japanese ultranationalist group called O-koku Kinseito (Imperial Constitutitonal Government Party) rammed a car into the gate of the South Korean embassy in Tokyo on Friday. The car caught fire but no one was injured.

Shinichi Sogame, 28, who was alone, was carrying leaflets about a territorial dispute between Tokyo and Seoul, but police are still questioning his motives. The dispute concerns two tiny, uninhabited islands in the Sea of Japan called Tokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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