Drone Found On Roof of Japanese PM's Office
Japanese authorities have launched an investigation after discovering a small drone on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office.
The four-propeller drone measured about 50 centimeters in diameter and was carrying a camera, a plastic bottle, and a flare-like device, according to national broadcaster NHK.
Several media outlets also reported the drone was decorated with a radioactive symbol, and the Kyodo news agency reported a small amount of radiation was measured on the craft.
Television footage showed dozens of police officers hovering around the drone, which was covered by a blue tarp.
It is not clear who sent the drone or what their motive may have been. There have been no reported injuries. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was away from his office at the time, attending a conference in Indonesia.
Japan's Abe Expresses 'Remorse,' But Offers No Apology for Wartime Past
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "deep remorse" for Japan's wartime past in a speech Wednesday, but failed to repeat previous official apologies to the victims of Japan's colonial aggression.
Prime Minister Abe also took a veiled swipe at China during his closely watched speech at the Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia, which many hoped would serve as an opportunity for Tokyo and Beijing to mend damaged ties.
In the lead-up to the event, the conservative Japanese leader had told local media outlets there was no need for him to reiterate the same landmark apologies made by his predecessors in 1995 and 2005.
His Jakarta speech made only passing reference to Japan's past militarism, noting Tokyo had "feelings of deep remorse over the past war" but insisting its leaders had long ago committed to the principles of peace.
Mr. Abe also said the international community should "never allow to go unchecked the use of force by the mightier to twist the weaker around." This was an apparent reference to China, which has been accused of bullying its neighbors and is involved in a worsening dispute with Tokyo over a group of strategic islands in the East China Sea.
Earlier, Prime Minister Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged greetings and politely shook hands at a photo session to kick off the conference. Japanese officials say they expect the two leaders to hold a more formal meeting later Wednesday.