Sometimes I just scratch my head and wonder what's wrong with some people.
According to Mainichi Daily News, organizers of a photo exhibition featuring pictures of abductee Megumi Yokota have been forced to move the exhibition from its planned location in Sapporo's Marui Imai department store because of a threat that was posted to them. The exhibition was to run from April 26 to May 1.
A letter was sent to the department store's head store in Sapporo on last week, saying, "If (the exhibition) is held, then we will harm customers, business clients and employees." Marui Imai decided to withdraw its offer to host the exhibition after discussing the threat with police, a decision Megumi's parents said they thought was correct.
No new exhibition venue has been decided. The photo exhibition features about a hundred photographs taken by Megumi's father Shigeru Yokota before she was abducted in 1977. It is sponsored by "Asagao no Kai," a committee made up of residents living in the same apartment block as Shigeru Yokota.
Meanwhile, farther south in Yokohama, threatening phone calls were made to the organizers of a play based on Yokota's abduction by North Korean agents, calling for the play to be halted.
The Kamakura-based theatrical group "Tenbin-za" said over twenty suspicious phone calls and e-mails had been received since mid-April. Tenbin-za officials said a male caller had asked, "Are you kindling war (between Japan and North Korea)?" and said, "You'll get no sympathy from me if something happens on the day (of the play)."
A junior high school student is to play the part of Megumi, which has reportedly caused concern among some parents. The theatrical group plans to hold the play as scheduled next month in Yokohama, and will consult local police to discuss security measures.
The obvious suspects in this would be one or more pro-Pyongyang Koreans in Japan, though it isn't entirely implausible that it could be others trying to make the "North" Koreans in Japan look bad.
Whether this is a genuine attempt to intimidate, an attempt by one group to make another look bad, or just a sick joke, it is thoroughly disgusting.
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