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Tokyo police received bomb threat against scandal-hit talent agency

Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. President Akihiko Okamoto is seen at a news conference in Tokyo on July 22, 2019. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received a bomb threat over the phone on July 22 against scandal-hit talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. shortly before the company's president held a news conference over the matter.

The MPD launched an investigation into the threat on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business.

At around 11:30 a.m. on the day, an anonymous man called the MPD claiming that he would "plant a bomb at Yoshimoto Kogyo." The MPD searched Yoshimoto's Tokyo regional headquarters in the capital's Shinjuku Ward and its vicinity but found no explosives.

The threatening call was made to Tokyo police shortly before Yoshimoto President Akihiko Okamoto began a news conference on the scandal in which comedians belonging to the company got paid for appearing at a party organized by an "antisocial organization."

(Japanese original by Kunihiro Iwasaki, City News Department)

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