Incident Summary:

08/26/2000: An explosion damaged a car belonging to Transport Ministry employee, Katsuhiro ("Masahiro"] Yamaguchi, that was parked in the garage of his home in Setagaya, Japan. There were no casualties. Although no group claimed responsibility for the attack, the police suspected leftist guerillas.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Transport Ministry of Japan
Specific Description Car belonging to a Transport Ministry employee, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi
Nationality of Target Japan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The fragments of a detonator and lead wires of types often used by leftist guerrillas were recovered from the site. Police believed the bomb was planted on the ground under the car.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Eight guerrilla attacks had taken place since 1997 against Transport Ministry officials and employees in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures at the time of the attack in August 2000. Chukakuha guerrillas have claimed responsibility for all eight attacks. The leftist group is against Narita airport, east of Tokyo, because it had been constructed by forcibly expropriating farmers' land.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chukakuha (Middle Core Faction) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Japan Transport Ministry employee’s car bombed,” Kyodo, August 25, 2000.
“Further on Transport Ministry official’s car bombed,” Kyodo, August 26, 2000.