Japan's Dentsu evacuates Tokyo HQ after bomb threat

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Posted at Jun 05 2020 03:30 PM

Dentsu's logo is seen at its head office building in Tokyo Japan, Aug. 9, 2019. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters/File


TOKYO — Japan's largest advertising agency, Dentsu Group Corp, has evacuated its Tokyo headquarters after getting a bomb threat, an internal company email reviewed by Reuters showed on Friday.


The company, in an email to employees, cited a message sent to its website, saying: "Warning of explosion at Dentsu's Shiodome headquarters building with deadline past 7 a.m. on June 7, Sunday."

Dentsu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Entry to the building was forbidden over the weekend, the company said in the email, adding that the authorities had been notified. Dentsu had already introduced work-from-home measures because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The company is the focus of political scrutiny having been awarded almost $700 million in government funds to help run a coronavirus aid program via a scheme that has been described as opaque.

Dentsu's headquarters is in the Shiodome business district, where blue-chip Japanese firms including tech conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp and airline ANA Holdings are also based.