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Two cardboard boxes that caused a bomb scare Monday morning at a Tokai Bank branch in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, turned out to contain only tableware, police said.

The boxes were found at around 8:15 a.m. by a bank employee, who notified police.

A bomb disposal squad dispatched to the bank discovered tableware wrapped in newspaper and other packing material inside the boxes.

The bank employee said he noticed nothing unusual when making his rounds Friday evening. When he reported to work Monday morning, however, he found the suspicious-looking boxes.

On Friday, a man was arrested in connection with a bomb threat made to a different Tokai Bank branch, this one in downtown Nagoya.

Arrested was Ichisei Omizo, 37, a resident of Tokai, Aichi Prefecture.

Omizo, suspected of attempting to extort 100 million yen from the bank, reportedly told police he has consumer-loan debts.

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