American with loaded gun in luggage is arrested at airport en route to new job at Okinawa base, police say

A U.S.-bound plane is parked at a gate at Narita International Airport in Japan, March 9, 2019. AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES
A U.S.-bound plane is parked at a gate at Narita International Airport in Japan, March 9, 2019. AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES

American with loaded gun in luggage is arrested at airport en route to new job at Okinawa base, police say

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Seattle man flying to Okinawa for a new job as a civilian firefighter at White Beach Naval Facility was arrested after a loaded firearm was found in his bag at Narita International Airport, Japanese police said.

Michael Edward Applegate, 43, was arrested shortly after the weapon was discovered at about 5:50 p.m. Monday as he checked his luggage at Terminal 1 for a connecting flight to Okinawa, according to a Narita International Airport Police spokesman. The gun was described only as an “automatic.”

It is customary in Japan for spokespeople to sometimes decline to provide their names to reporters. Narita is in Chiba prefecture, 27 miles southeast of central Tokyo.

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