SENDAI -- Shoppers and store workers were temporarily evacuated outside a building housing an outlet of the Don Quijote discount store in this northeastern Japan city after it received a bomb threat on the morning of Jan. 27, police said.
At around 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 27, a man called the store, Don Quijote Sendai-Eki Nishiguchi-Honten, in Sendai's Aoba Ward in Miyagi Prefecture, saying, "I have planted a bomb." The call was made from an anonymous number.
A store clerk alerted police about the call, and the 10-story commercial building accommodating the popular discount store temporarily suspended its operations. No suspicious materials were found inside the establishment, and all stores inside the building had resumed operations by 2 p.m., according to Sendai Police Station.
Police are investigating the incident on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business.
(Japanese original by Hana Fujita, Sendai Bureau)