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    Taiwan police quiz man suspected of beheading Japanese engineer statue


    TAIPEI - Taiwanese police said Monday they are questioning a man who suggested on social media that he decapitated a statue of a Japanese civil engineer at a park in southern Taiwan just weeks before an annual commemoration.

    They said the suspect, identified as former Taipei City councilor Lee Cheng-lung, was questioned by members of a special task force of the Tainan City Police Department, who traveled to the capital from the southern city where the vandalism took place on Sunday.

    Lee suggested on his Facebook page Monday that it was him who removed the head of the statue depicting Yoichi Hatta, which has yet to be recovered, while he earlier posted that he wanted to sell an electric saw that had only been used once since it was purchased.

    Hatta was stationed in Taiwan from 1910 to 1942, during which time he oversaw construction of the Chianan Canal and Wushantou Reservoir in the south as key components of a massive irrigation system in the Chianan Plain, one of many infrastructure projects Japan implemented to modernize Taiwan during its 50-year occupation that ended in 1945.

    On his Facebook page, Lee also wrote that he is a volunteer at the China Unification Promotion Party, which promotes the unification of Taiwan and China.

    The party official said although he is not certain whether Lee is the culprit, "It looks like something he would do...and if Lee really did it, he would not feel ashamed to admit it."

    In addition to Lee, the Apple Daily reported that Tainan police have also questioned a women suspected of being an accomplice.





    Source: http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170418/p2g/00m/0dm/015000c
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