NEW YORK (Feb. 12)
Palestinian terrorists may strike next in Japan. Their targets will be Israeli officials and businessmen. According to information which reached police in Tokyo from Seoul last week, two members of the Black September movement had attempted to enter either Korea or Japan through-a Bombay Bangkok-Hong Kong route. The two men, according to a report in The Japan Times, were turned back by Hong Kong authorities.
The Times also reported that last month the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo told the Metropolitan Police Department that several terrorists armed with automatic rifles are planning to ambush airliners carrying Israeli officials. Also last month Lufthansa officials expressed concern that Lorin Maazel, an Israeli orchestra conductor, might be attacked by terrorists. Maazel, who arrived in Japan on Jan. 21 aboard a Lufthansa plane with a German symphony orchestra, received heavy police protection until he left Feb. 3, The Japan Times reported. He allegedly received a threatening call at his West German office before coming to Japan.
Late last month, the Israeli Embassy reported that terrorists are planning to assassinate Israeli businessmen in the Far East. On the basis of these reports, The Times stated, the police department posted a riot police squad at the Embassy. The school bus for children of Embassy personnel is being escorted by police cars. MPD officials said they would shortly meet Embassy representatives to work out more stringent protective measures. A sense of urgency was prompted by the seizure of the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok by Palestinian terrorists on Dec. 28.