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JAPAN

Arrest made over drone

Police arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low-level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister’s office to protest the government’s nuclear energy policy, officials said yesterday. Tokyo metropolitan police said the man turned himself in late on Friday to Fukui police in the nation’s west. The small drone found on Wednesday had traces of radiation and triggered fears of potential terrorist attacks using unmanned aerial devices, police said. No one was injured and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was traveling at the time. Police said Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, was arrested on suspicion of flying the drone and obstructing duties at the prime minister’s office. Public broadcaster NHK said police quoted the unemployed man as saying he did it to protest the government’s nuclear energy policy.

AUSTRALIA

Shark mauls surfer

A surfer was fighting for his life yesterday after being mauled by a shark in the nation’s south, police said. The man was surfing at Fishery Bay in Port Lincoln National Park, about 245km west of Adelaide, when the shark attacked him. “The man sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Port Lincoln Hospital,” South Australia Police said. South Australian Abalone Industry Association president Jonas Woolford said there had been increased shark sightings in the area recently. “All the reports are that they’re out there and that they’re aggressive,” he told the Port Lincoln Times.

VIETNAM

Hanoi pans Canadian bill

Hanoi has issued a stern rebuke to Ottawa after the Canadian Senate passed a bill commemorating the arrival of tens of thousands of “boat people” who fled after Saigon — now Ho Chi Minh City — fell to the communists 40 years ago. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had summoned the Canadian ambassador on Friday to lodge a formal complaint about the move, which dubs April 30 “Journey to Freedom Day.” Communist forces captured Saigon, then the capital of the US-backed South Vietnam regime, on April 30, 1975, marking the end of decades of conflict and triggering a mass exodus of refugees. In Vietnam, April 30 is celebrated as “reunification day” and the country is preparing for an elaborate event on Thursday to mark four decades since the end of the war. The Canadian Senate’s move was “completely wrong” ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said, according to a statement posted on its official Web site. The bill “distorts the history of national liberation and unification of the Vietnamese people,” he said.

CHINA

Tobacco ads restricted

The National People’s Congress has passed legislation that restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised advertisement law approved on Friday by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress bans tobacco ads in the mass media, in public places, on public vehicles and outdoors, Xinhua news agency reported. The amended law also outlaws tobacco products, their packaging and trademarks in advertisements for other products or services, Xinhua reported. Other changes to the law include banning advertising for dairy products, drinks and foods that claim to be a substitute for breast milk, and a stipulation that advertisements for drugs, medical equipment and healthcare products cannot use endorsements testifying to the effects or safety of the products, Xinhua reported.

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