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Thursday, 11th September 2008
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Director arrested for displaying anti-monarchy film poster

A Japanese independent film director has been arrested for allegedly putting up a poster for his movie criticising the country's monarchy.

Fumiki Watanabe was arrested on suspicion of violating the minor offences law after putting up the poster advertising his film Tenno Denetsu (Emperor Legends) on a street light.

He was arrested after being spotted by police in Tokyo's Koto Ward at around 04:00.

Japan Today reports that Mr Watanabe, a native of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, debuted as a film director in 1987 and went on to win the new directors award from the Directors Guild of Japan for his film Shimaguni Konjo (Home Tutor).

In May last year, he was arrested on suspicion of fraud for failing to pay hotel bills totalling more than 70,000 yen (£375). Two further arrest warrants have been issued for failing to pay hotel bills of around 2.8 million yen.

Mr Watanabe's films include Genin, Fundo No Kawa and Kaerazaru Hashi.

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