Tokyo Apple Store cancels event after bomb scare

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Apple's store in Tokyo's swanky Ginza shopping district.
Apple's store in Tokyo's swanky Ginza shopping district.
Photo: Héctor García/Kirai CC

The Japanese Apple Store in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district had to be evacuated and a promotional event canceled over the weekend after it received a bomb threat.

The event was a Sunday promotional event featuring the movie director Isao Yukisada, who last directed the Chinese romance-suspense film Five Minutes to Tomorrow in 2014.

It’s not known exactly why the event was targeted, but four hours before the 2pm event was scheduled to begin, the Apple Store received a handwritten note saying that the store would be blown up if the appearance was not canceled.

The event did not take place, and the retail store was closed for one hour, although police from the Tsukiji Station of the Metropolitan Police Department failed to find any suspicious objects upon their search of the premises. They are currently investigating the incident as an, “alleged forcible obstruction of business.”

Why on earth would anyone do this? It sounds like the right decision was certainly made, however. Hopefully the event can be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Source: Public Slate