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July 21, 2004

Refusal to Teach English Led to Bomb Hoax

A man who posted a message on the Internet threatening to blow up JR Tokyo Station because an Australian woman refused to teach him English was arrested Tuesday, police said. Akihiro Yoshida, a 26-year-old unemployed man from Showa-ku, Nagoya, has admitted to posting the bomb hoax under the Australian woman's name. "The woman refused to give me English lessons," officers quoted Yoshida as saying. "I was out to get some revenge." Yoshida logged on to one of Japan's biggest Internet chat sites, Channel 2, from a computer at a public facility in Nagoya several days before the House of Representatives elections in November last year. Using the name of the Australian woman, Yoshida wrote on the site's message board, "I'm going to blow up the Diet building on the day of the election, Nov. 9. I have also planted time bombs at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government hall and JR Tokyo Station." Yoshida has been accused of disrupting business operations as the prank prompted East Japan Railway Co. to deploy extra employees at Tokyo Station. (Mainichi Shimbun)

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