Threatening letters, ‘cyanide’ sent to Japanese firms
02 February 2019 | 9:00 am
Nine Japanese companies, including drugmakers, have received blackmail letters containing a mysterious white powder. Police say the perpetrators have warned they'll produce fake medicine if their demands aren't met.
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