Tanaka deserved bomb threat: Ishihara
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Sept. 10 that Deputy Foreign Minister Hitoshi Tanaka deserved to be threatened by the bomb discovered at his home earlier in the day because his attitude toward North Korea is too soft.
"A bomb was planted there. I think it was deserved," the hawkish governor said in a speech in Nagoya. Tanaka "is at North Korea's beck and call," he said, criticizing the secretive way in which the bureaucrat arranged for a summit between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in September last year.
Police said they found the device -- a cylindrical steel object containing a small heater and a pressured gas cylinder connected by lead wires to a small box with batteries and a timer -- in the ground floor carport of Tanaka's home in Meguro Ward, Tokyo.
The timer was ticking, they said.
The device was accompanied by an envelope addressed to "Hitoshi Tanaka, traitor" and identifying the sender as "Kenkoku Giyugun Kokuzoku Seibatsutai," which roughly translates into the "nation-building volunteers corps to conquer traitors."
The Japan Times Weekly: Sept. 20, 2003
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