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Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers patrol near the National Diet building, May 28, 2020.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers patrol near the National Diet building, May 28, 2020. (Akifumi Ishikawa/Stars and Stripes)

TOKYO – A man found near the U.S. Embassy with a cup of homemade gunpowder was arrested Tuesday by Japanese police on suspicion of violating the country’s Explosives Control Law.

A Tokyo Metropolitan Police officer stopped Shogo Koyama, 26, a university student from Suita city, Osaka, for acting suspiciously near the embassy in the Akasaka area of Tokyo around 9 p.m. Aug. 8, a police spokesman told Stars and Stripes by phone Wednesday.

Koyama allegedly carried about 6 ounces of powder in a cup, the spokesman said. Police arrested him after searching his home and confirming the substance was gunpowder, Fuji News Network reported Tuesday.

Koyama told police he had “come to throw (explosives) into the embassy” and that police believe he acted as “a lone wolf,” according to a Kyodo News report Wednesday citing the Metropolitan Police’s public security bureau.

Kyodo News, citing police, also reported that Koyama had researched how to make explosives through books and the internet.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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