A Japanese cookware store in Torrance received a racist letter containing a bomb threat, and the Torrance Police Department is investigating the hate crime, it was reported Tuesday.
The store’s owner, who asked that its name not be released, received a letter that said “go back to Japan … We are going to bomb your store if you don’t listen and we know where you live,” according to NBC4.
The Torrance Police Department, which has taken the letter as evidence, could not immediately be reached to confirm.
The owner, who moved to the United States at the age of 63 after running a business in Japan for decades, has owned the store for nine years. He says it is the worst racism he’s experienced since moving to California.
“I’m disappointed to see such a letter because I love America,” the owner told NBC4.
The Torrance Police Department has officers keeping an eye on the business and investigating to find the person who wrote the racist letter, NBC4 reported.
An employee named Hiro found the letter. “I know it’s a hate crime. I don’t know about if they just don’t like Japanese or Asians, because we’re selling authentic Japanese tools,” Hiro told NBC4.
The business does not have any security cameras because the owner doesn’t want customers to feel like they’re being watched while shopping in the store, but he has added a camera since receiving the letter, according to NBC4.