Pages in at least 250 copies of the diary, or publications containing biographies on Anne Frank, Nazi persecution of Jews and related materials have been torn, the council of public libraries in the capital said.
More than a dozen books have also been damaged at libraries in two other nearby areas, media reported.
“We have complaints from five of (Tokyo’s 23) wards so far but I don’t yet know exactly how many libraries are affected,” Satomi Murata, the head of the council, told AFP. “We don’t know why this happened or who did it.”
Each book had 10-20 pages torn out, leaving it unusable,” said Kaori Shiba, the archives director at the central library in Shinjuku ward, where 39 books were vandalised at three libraries.
Several books with titles including the word “Holocaust” were among 41 books vandalised at nine libraries in Tokyo’s Nerima area.
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UPDATE: The AP reports at least 265 copies have been vandalized.