A 57-year-old man known for protesting against Japan stabbed himself in the stomach in demonstration against the Japanese envoy’s visit to president-elect Park Geun-hye.
Kim Chang-geun was part of a civic group demonstrating at Gimpo Airport in Seoul awaiting the arrival of Fukushiro Nukaga when he plunged the five-inch blade into his stomach. He was later taken to the hospital, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper.
Kim’s group was demanding an official apology from Japan for war crimes committed during World War II.
Nukaga was visiting on behalf of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in order to smooth relations between the two countries, which are embroiled in an ongoing spat regarding the ownership of Dokdo, a group of islets claimed by both countries.
Last July, Kim was arrested after ramming a truck into the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.