Banksy-style artwork of rat holding umbrella at Tokyo rail station could be artist's latest

A Banksy-style artwork of a rat holding an umbrella at a rail station in Japan could be the elusive British artist’s latest discovered work, local officials claim.

Government officials from Tokyo pointed out the work’s similarity to one of Banksy’s other famous works, which also shows a rat with an umbrella.

The new piece appeared on a door near a monorail station in the center of the city, government official Koji Sugiyama told AFP.

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The government removed the door and placed it in storage yesterday to protect it from possible damage.

The government removed the door and placed it in storage yesterday to protect it from possible damage. (Governor of Tokyo)

It appears to have been done late last year, with residents phoning in about the graffiti at about that time.

Sugiyama said: "We think there's a possibility it has been done by Banksy."

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The government removed the door and placed it in storage yesterday to protect it from possible damage, Sugiyama said.

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The government was reportedly in discussions on how to verify the painting.

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The identity of Banksy, a street artist from Bristol, U.K., known for his political commentary through art, is known to only a handful of friends.

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