Bombs Explode at Two Companies Working on Airport
TOKYO (AP) _ Time bombs exploded today at the offices of two construction firms working on a controversial airport, destroying an office building and setting fire to three vehicles, police said.
No one was injured in the three blasts.
They took place at two companies working on expansion of the New Tokyo International Airport at Narita, and police said they were probably set by radical groups opposed to the expansion of the 7-year-old airport, located 40 miles northeast of Tokyo.
Two bombs exploded before dawn at the Tsuchiura Prefab Factory in the state of Ibaragi, destroying a two-story office building, a crane and two vehicles, officials said.
At about the same time, a bomb went off in a parking lot of Ohbayashi-gumi, Ltd., burning a company-owned car.
Local farmers and their supporters, some of them radical groups and students, have been resisting government plans to expropriate farmland in order to expand the $2.5 billion airport with an additional runway.
Justice Minister Hitoshi Shimasaki told a meeting of police officials today that the leftist radical group Chugakuha was planning to increase its attacks to protest the airport expansion work.