Incident Summary:

11/23/2015: An explosive device detonated at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan. No one was injured in the blast. A South Korean national identified as Chon Chang Han was arrested and confessed to carrying out the attack.

GTD ID:
201511230072

When:
2015-11-23

Country:
Japan

Region:
East Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Tokyo

City:
Tokyo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Yasukuni Shrine
Specific Description Shrine
Nationality of Target Japan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Time Fuse
Weapon Details
Four timer-detonated 20x3-centimeter bundled pipes filled with gunpowder were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Kyodo: UPDATE2: Police Mull Sending Investigators To S. Korea Over Yasukuni Blast," Kyodo World Service, December 15, 2015."
"Small blast at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine," Bangladesh Daily Star, November 23, 2015."
"Explosion hits controversial Tokyo war shrine, no injuries," Malaysian Insider, November 23, 2015."