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Japan: Lawmaker receives death threat after handing letter to emperor

Nov. 21, 2013 at 8:27 AM   |   Comments

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TOKYO, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Japanese lawmaker Taro Yamamoto, who has been criticized for handing a letter to the emperor, received an envelope with a bullet in it, authorities said.

The envelope also contained a letter threatening to kill Yamamoto, the Jiji Press reported.

Police said they have launched an investigation.

Last week, another envelope was sent to Yamamoto with a knife inside.

The lawmaker was recently reprimanded for handing a letter directly to Emperor Akihito during a party last month.

Yamamato, an antinuclear activist, said the letter urged the emperor to pay attention to problems caused by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima atomic power station.

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