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    Japanese Businesses Receive Cyanide-Laced Letters

    Nine Japanese companies, including pharmaceutical firms and a newspaper, were targeted with blackmail letters this weekend containing white powder suspected to be cyanide, police say. Sent under the names of executed members of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo — responsible for a deadly Tokyo subway attack in 1995 — the blackmailer demanded $31,000 in bitcoin, or else they’d distribute fake medicine containing cyanide.

    Why Aum Shinrikyo? While its leader was hanged last summer, the cult still reportedly retains a degree of influence through splinter groups.

    Read this OZY feature on the fake food war between Japan and China.

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