Series of bomb threats received across Japan
Japan Today -- Nov 07
Japan was hit by a string of bomb threats as U.S. President Donald Trump held talks in Tokyo, kicking off an Asia tour under heavy security, police said Monday.

No explosives were found and no arrests were made in any of the cases, which took place far away from the capital.

In the western Shiga Prefecture, a ferry company received a call from a man who "claimed to have set up a bomb inside a sightseeing ship that would explode in an hour," a police spokesman told AFP.

Police located the threatened ship and conducted a thorough search but were unable to find any explosives.

"A total of 290 passengers and crew members were safely evacuated," the spokesman said, adding that police were hunting for the man who made the call.

A ferry company in Hiroshima received a similar call and was told that a bomb would explode on one of its ships in an hour.

Ferry operations were temporarily suspended between the prefecture's shore to Itsukushima, where tourists flock to a Shinto shrine famous for its "floating" gate.

A department store in Osaka also received a threat but police found no explosives.

News source: Japan Today
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