Bomb blast in Shinjuku may have targeted Komei>

A bomb that exploded early Wednesday morning in Tokyo, destroying an iron
gate to a house, may have been aimed at a Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly
member of the Komei party, police said.

Nobutoshi Hazama, the occupant of the house in Shinjuku Ward, was woken up
by an explosion at around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday and contacted police. No one
was hurt in the incident.

Police said the explosion destroyed Hazama’s side gate and they found
batteries, a lead wire and parts similar to those needed to construct a
timing device for a bomb. Police believe the bomb may have been aimed at
Hazama’s neighbor, Tokyo Assembly member Toshio Fujii.

Authorities are investigating a suspicious phone call made recently to a
news organization, in which the caller said, “I am going to blow up Komei
party headquarters.”

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