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Sunday, August 31, 2014

30 Schools Threatened With Kidnapping

On August 27 and 29th, 2014,  30 Japanese elementary schools in Kurashiki-shi (倉敷市), a city in western Okayama-ken (Okayama Prefecture) in the western region of Japan's main island, received a postcard in the mail where the sender threatened to kidnap a child.

According to Kurashiki police, these postcard were all sent from Kanto post offices, an area in the eastern part of Japan's main island encompassing: seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa.

The threat is being taken seriously.

Back in July, an 11-year-old girl was kidnapped while on her way home from school in Kurashiki and kept confined for six days before being rescued unharmed from the house of her kidnapper, 49-year-old Fujiwara Takeshi (surname first).

But 30 kids? Or just an attempt to mess up the police? The person responsible for this is going through enough trouble of at least traveling around the country to mail the postcards to the Kurashiki destinations.

City police have increased patrols around the schools starting on August 29, 2014. As well, parents were warned to not let their kids walk to and from school alone... which seems like a good plan unless some parents take a shortcut and have two kids walking to school together... which I assume is NOT what the police meant.

I'm pretty sure it would be preferable if the kids were walked to school and back home by a known adult.

Andrew Joseph

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