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31 July 2003

Mainichi Shimbun (Japan)

TOKUSHIMA, Japan — A local assembly member who used a rifle to save small fish in a rice paddy in Tokushima Prefecture from herons has been arrested for violating firearms laws, police said. The man, Koei Kawatsu, 56, a vice chairman of the Yasugi Municipal Assembly was arrested on suspicion of violating the Swords and Firearms Control Law and the Explosives Control Law after he allegedly fired shots into a flooded paddy on Wednesday. He has reportedly admitted to... (

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