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Threats of bomb, anthrax: Chinese in Japan sieged
Updated: 2005-04-20 11:45

A total of 25 harassment incidents against Chinese interests, including diplomatic missions and schools, have been reported in Japan since April 9, Japan Public Safety Commission said Tuesday.

The commission's chairman, Yoshitaka Murata, said that of the incidents reported through Monday, Chinese diplomatic establishments were targeted in 14 cases, including a bomb threat made against a consulate, while 11 were against other Chinese-related establishments.

There are 106 establishments in Japan associated with China including diplomatic missions, schools, airline companies, financial institutions and friendship organizations, according to the National Police Agency.  

On April 12, a phone call was made to a broadcasting company in Fukuoka City saying there would be an explosion at the Chinese Consulate General in the city later in the day, Fukuoka police said.

The caller believed to be a man said he had planted 10 kilograms of explosives which would go off at 7 p.m., according to the police.

The consulate general the same day also received a razor along with letter of protest against Chinese people's demonstrations against Japan's distrotion of history in China, and a razor blade was also sent to another consulate in the city of Nagasaki, according to the Chinese Embassy.

Police searched the consulate general's premises and found no explosives, and are investigating the case as a malicious prank.

Last Friday, an envelope containing harmless starch-like white powder was sent to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, police said over the weekend.

Also that day, a mailbox doorplate and intercom at the Tokyo residence of Chinese Ambassador Wang Yi were found sprayed with red paint in an apparent case of vandalism.

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