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Emperor's visitor has no clothes

October 08, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Police have apprehended a Western man who went skinny-dipping in a moat ringing the Imperial Palace in a busy Tokyo business district, attracting a huge crowd.

The naked middle-aged man jumped into the moat, then threw rocks and splashed water at two police officers who chased him in a rowboat, a police official said.

The official did not know the man's name or nationality. Public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News agency said the man is believed to be a 40-year-old Briton living in Spain who visited the moat with several Spanish friends.

A palace official said Emperor Akihito was in the palace, but it was unlikely that he saw the swimmer.

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