TOKYO (Reuters) – 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 7:00 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 programme 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.
Reporting by Maki Shiraki and Sam Nussey; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim and Robert Birsel