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Bottled soap switched with highly acidic liquid at public restroom in Tokyo

This file photo shows a person washing their hands in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on June 9, 2020. (Mainichi/Natsuki Nishi)

TOKYO -- The capital's Edogawa Ward announced on June 16 that a bottle of liquid soap installed at a public restroom under measures to prevent novel coronavirus infections was swapped with one containing a highly acidic solution.

The Metropolitan Police Department's Kasai Police Station is looking into the case with a view to file accusations of inflicting bodily injury, among other possible criminal charges.

According to Edogawa Ward officials, the ward received a call at around 8:40 a.m. on June 16 from a man who used the toilet, saying, "My hands hurt after using it (the soap)." When a ward official checked on the soap, they found the container had been swapped with a different one. The ward subsequently reported the incident to the police station.

(Japanese original by Masakatsu Yamasaki, City News Department)

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