Giving the finger
Some news from Japan. I may be a masochist, but I draw the line at cutting off digits as a means of political protest. For if I did, I wouldn't have any toes or fingers left. How would I go online?
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A member of a Japanese right-wing group was arrested after he sent his severed little finger to the ruling party's headquarters in protest at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's failure to visit a war shrine this month.
Abe stayed away from Yasukuni Shrine on the August 15 anniversary of the nation's World War II surrender, avoiding a slight to those in China and South Korea who see the shrine as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.
An envelope delivered to the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo also contained a letter of protest and a disk of photographs of the 54-year-old man cutting off his finger, a police official in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, said.
"I thought they would ignore me if I just sent the letter, so I put my little finger in as well," Kyodo news agency quoted the man as telling police.
Removing part of a finger is a traditional form of punishment or atonement among gangsters in Japan.