24 Feb 2024, 16:00
Update : 24 Feb 2024, 16:06

Hello Kitty-themed Tokyo theme park shut after threat

TOKYO, Feb 24, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - A popular Hello Kitty-themed amusement park 
in Japan closed for the day on Saturday after receiving an "email threatening 
terrorism", its operator said.

Sanrio Puroland in the capital Tokyo is known for its rides, shows and cutesy 
cartoon mascots including the beloved feline-like heroine. 

"We decided to temporarily close for the day because the safety of visitors, 
performers and staff cannot be guaranteed at the moment," the indoor theme 
park said in a message on its website.

"Today, Saturday, February 24, 2024, we received an email threatening 
terrorism," it added.

The unspecified threat prompted police to scour Sanrio Puroland for 
suspicious objects, but none were found, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Authorities were trying to identify the sender of the email, NHK added, 
citing unnamed police sources.

Tokyo-based Sanrio created the ubiquitous pink-bowed character Hello Kitty in 
1974, and opened the Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tama City, Tokyo in 1990.

The threat against the popular tourist attraction and its closure sparked 
groans on social media, with one user annoyed it happened during a holiday 

"It's unforgivable that someone is doing this during a precious three-day 
weekend!" the user posted on X, formerly Twitter.

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