Man who left knives on Prince Hisahito's desk found guilty by Tokyo court
Japan Times -- Feb 15
The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced a 57-year-old man to 18 months in prison, suspended for four years, over an incident last April in which he left knives on Prince Hisahito’s desk at his junior high school in the capital.

Kaoru Hasegawa, a resident of Kyoto, admitted to trespassing and other charges during the first hearing of his case last month and offered an apology, saying his actions were “reckless” and “unforgivable,” without making any reference to his feelings about Japan’s imperial system.

The 13-year-old prince, the nephew of Emperor Naruhito, 59, is second in line to the chrysanthemum throne after his father, Crown Prince Akishino, 54.

According to the ruling, Hasegawa trespassed into Ochanomizu University Junior High School disguised as a contractor on April 26 after cutting the cable of a security camera installed on the premises with pruning shears. He was carrying two knives with blades around 11 centimeters in length.

On the same day, a teacher found the two knives attached to a metal pole with duct tape and placed across the prince’s desk and the one next to it. The prince and his classmates were not in the classroom at the time.

News source: Japan Times
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