According to a Japanese news agency on the 3rd, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breaking into Emperor Tokuhito’s house in Tokyo.
He reportedly stayed in the residence for two hours before being found.
Fuji News Network (FNN) reported that at about 9:40 p.m. local time on January 2, the man crossed the west gate of the Ying Hotel in Tokyo Metropolitan Area and broke into the exclusive residential area of the Japanese royal family, Akasaka Miji.
Akasaka Imperial Land resides with the family of Emperor Tokuhito, Prince Bunhito’s brother, and other royal members.
Police said that about two hours later, the man was found and arrested by palace police near the residence of Princess Yuriko Takahito, who is the wife of the current emperor Tokuhito’s uncle.
Japan’s TBS TV said that the suspect had told the police: “I want to meet the royal family.”
It is not clear whether the man has met members of the royal family, but local media said that no one was injured in the incident.
The report pointed out that this is not the first time that someone has broken into the security line of the Japanese palace.
Last May, a Japanese man was arrested for swimming across the palace moat and climbing the outer wall into the restricted area.
In the past few years, every year, Japanese or foreigners have swamed the moat, including a naked British man.