Japanese man arrested for nailing Putin doll to sacred tree

Police in Japan have arrested a man for allegedly nailing a straw doll bearing a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin's face to a sacred tree at a shrine in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture.

Police say the 72-year-old is suspected of trespassing and property damage.

The doll was about 30 centimeters in size. Attached to it was a handwritten note stating Putin's date of birth. Straw dolls have traditionally been used in Japan to put curses on people.

Police say they have received reports of about 10 similar cases involving other shrines in the city since last month. Officers are investigating whether they are related.

A representative of the shrine parishioners, Shibuya Nobuo, said there should be other means of expressing sentiment about the war.