MPD explosives squad called in after Japan Foreign Ministry receives ‘tools to beat demons’

The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Metropolitan Police Department’s explosive ordnance disposal squad is deployed to the Foreign Ministry building in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Friday morning.

A suspicious container was found in an envelope delivered to the Foreign Ministry in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, around 9:30 a.m. Friday. Police were called, and signs of gunpowder were detected, leading to a deployment of the Metropolitan Police Department’s explosive ordnance disposal squad.

According to the police, an object like a smoke canister with silver tape wrapped around it and an empty plastic bottle were in a white A4-sized envelope addressed to the Foreign Ministry. There was also a letter that said things like, “It is dangerous to use tools to beat demons indoors.” The envelope had a name of an individual in Aichi Prefecture, and the police are investigating on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business.