Right-Wing Activist Commits Suicide

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A man carrying a protest letter to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda fatally shot himself in the head Wednesday in front of the National Diet Building, police said.

The man, who appeared to be in his 60s, got out of a taxi in front of the south gate of the parliament building and fired the gun, according to local police official Hiromu Kawaguchi.

He was later confirmed dead at a hospital, an official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police said.

Media reports said that the man was a right-wing activist. Police were checking his identity, said the second official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

The man was carrying a protest letter to Fukuda urging him to handle foreign policy and the issue of the Yasukuni war shrine “firmly,” according to the second official.

He also was carrying another letter to the media calling on them to promote visits to the war shrine by the people of Japan, the Tokyo Police officia

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