Brit in Saitama arrested for disrupting election campaign

8 years ago by in Japan

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A British citizen has been arrested in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, for disrupting a politician on the campaign trail on Sunday,

Edward Jones, 34, according to the Sankei Shimbun was an independent English teacher who grabbed a microphone during a campaign speech in Tokorozawa and shouted "Japanese elections are too noisy."

The Sankei said Jones was under the influence of alcohol after drinking with a friend.

Police in Tokorozawa confirmed to The Tokyo Times that Jones had been arrested but declined to comment further.

The noise of election trucks and campaigners has long annoyed a foreign community that is unfamiliar with Japanese campaign traditions, or unwilling to accept that the sound pollution they create as acceptable.

The elections were a further setback to Naoto Kan’s Democratic Party of Japan, which has struggled to maintain popularity since winning a lower house election in 2009.