Man arrested for making online threats to kill Abe
Police said Saturday they have arrested a 25-year-old man in Okayama Prefecture for sending emails last year in which he threatened to murder then Liberal-Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe.
Originally suspecting the comments to have been the work of a prolific computer virus that hit headlines last year, police carried out an online investigation into the source of the six threatening messages that were posted to Abe on the Prime Minister’s Office’s home page between Oct 2 and Oct 9.
According to a report on Fuji TV, police found that the sender had used his own PC to post 120 similar messages to other web pages, including Diet members’ blogs and the National Police Agency website.
The suspect, who was taken into custody on Friday, was quoted by police as saying he sent the messages to Abe because “everybody knows who he is, so I thought it would be big news.”