A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of trying to extort 8 million yen from a leading ham-processing company by using the name of a religious group in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward to which he once belonged, police said.

Yoshiaki Izumi is suspected of calling the Tokyo office of Itoham Foods Inc. on Feb. 5 and, using the name of the religious group, threatening to lace the company’s products with poison unless it donated 8 million yen within two weeks to the group, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

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