Police said Thursday that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare received more than 100 prank calls and threatening emails on Wednesday, a day after a former vice welfare minister and his wife were murdered in Saitama, and the wife of another former vice welfare minister was stabbed in Tokyo. Police said some of the messages alluded to future attacks, while others suggested the victims got what they deserved.
The ministry removed the names and titles of about 350 staff from its web page on Wednesday. In the morning, employees filed into work through security staff and metal detectors. A 40-year-old executive said: “I can’t remember ever having metal detectors here before.” Another employee said “We’re all doing our best here…I wonder why something like this happened.”© Wire reports