Prosecutors in Saga Prefecture in southwestern Japan have accepted a criminal complaint against actor Taro Yamamoto on suspicion of trespassing and interference with public duty when he entered a local government building to file an antinuclear power protest.
A 27-year-old man filed the complaint against Yamamoto, 36, and several others over a July 11 incident at the Saga prefectural offices, where the people demanded along with about 150 activists that the local government not allow the restart of two idled reactors at the Genkai nuclear power station.
They handed a letter of request to a prefectural official and left the building after Saga Gov. Yasushi Furukawa declined to meet with the group.
The man, who lives in Kyoto, calls for severe punishment in the complaint, according to sources at the prosecutors' office.
''An act of entering a prefectural office by getting over a barrier significantly deviates from freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution. It is unacceptable in a nation abiding by the rule of the law,'' the complaint says.
In May, Yamamoto fired his agent after having his role in a television drama canceled apparently due to his antinuclear remarks following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.