Charge of Forcibly Obstructing Business Operations, Part of Charge Denied
On May 2nd, the Fukui Prefectural Office received a telephone bomb threat. On the 3rd, under the charge of forcibly obstructing business, an unemployed male (aged 64) from Ono City (in Fukui Prefecture) was apprehended through the efforts of the Fukui Prefectural Police-Fukui Police Station, Ono Police Station, Prefectural Police Search Department, and the Police Search Squad. According to the Fukui Police Station, “The man admitted to making a phone call, but had no recollection of talking about a bomb,” denying part of the charge.
The criminal charge stated that on May 2nd, at around 1:10 p.m., the Fukui Prefectural Office received a call with a message, “A bomb has been planted”, under the suspicion of obstructing the regular duties of the Prefectural Office staff, by having them evacuate the building, and the police officers having to search for the explosive material.
According to Fukui Prefecture, upon receiving the telephone bomb threat, the approximately 190 Prefectural Office staff evacuated to the Fukui City Central Park, suspending operations for over 2 hours. Approximately 40 police officers searched within and around the Prefectural Office.