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Date of Incident: March 25, 2024

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):Meisei University

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Japan

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On March 25, 2024, Meisei University announced the cancellation of its student entrance ceremony –scheduled for April 1– after receiving a bomb threat.

On March 25 – a week prior to the scheduled event – the university’s administration announced that it would cancel the ceremony because of a threat received in an anonymous email on March 8. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Hino Police Station opened an investigation into the threat.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about threats aimed at intimidating members of the high education community and disrupting classes and campus life. Such actions undermine academic freedom and university autonomy. State and university authorities should take reasonable steps to respond to and prevent such attacks, including by investigating and holding perpetrators accountable.