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Universities across Japan receive bomb threats

  • May 28, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 22
  • JMH Translation

By Takeya Naoko


Universities across Japan have received bomb threats [in recent days]. In the greater Tokyo Metropolitan area, email bomb threats were sent to the following universities: Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo Gakugei University, Yokohama City University, Chiba University, Saitama University, Gunma University, Ibaraki University, and Utsunomiya University. No bombs exploded at the times written in the threats. Many universities took precautions, such as restricting entry to campuses and cancelling classes. The police are investigating the threats and the possibility that they were sent by the same person.


At around 10 p.m. on May 24, Hitotsubashi University received an email that said “a bomb will go off at noon on May 27.” The university switched to online classes that same day and beefed up campus security. The Tachikawa Police patrolled the surrounding areas. The university will resume normal operations on May 28.


Tokyo Shimbun has confirmed that the following universities [nationwide] also received similar threats by email: Tohoku University, Yamanashi University, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Gifu University, Mie University, Nara Prefectural University, Kanazawa University, Toyama University, Ehime University, and Ryukyu University. A police insider says that the police will investigate to “identify who sent the emails.” (Abridged)

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