OSAKA — A letter containing a white powdery substance was delivered Tuesday to the office of scandal-tainted former lawmaker Kiyomi Tsujimoto in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, police said.

The letter appears to have been a prank, investigators said, adding they are examining the substance.

A female staff member who found the letter was checked at a hospital but evidenced no abnormalities, according to Tsujimoto’s office.

The letter was among about 30 items of mail delivered Tuesday evening.

Tsujimoto, a former policy chief of the Social Democratic Party, resigned as a House of Representatives member last month over a pay misappropriation scandal.

After a number of deadly anthrax attacks and scares in the United States last year, many prank cases have occurred in Japan with similar whitish powdery substances.

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