23 Jan 2012

Swimmer arrested in Imperial Palace grounds

11:39 am on 23 January 2012

A man has been arrested inside the Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo, Japan, after swimming across a moat in almost freezing temperatures wearing only his underwear.

The ABC reports the man had stripped to his underwear before plunging into the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace.

Police say the man did not seem to have a political motive but merely wanted to see the emperor.