Japanese held over `mass murder` threat on Osaka website

Masaki Kitamura in Osaka has been arrested for allegedly posting a message online that said he intended to ‘perpetrate mass murder’.

Osaka: A 42-year-old man in the Japanese city of Osaka has been arrested for allegedly posting a message online that said he intended to ‘perpetrate mass murder’.

Masaki Kitamura, an anime director from the city of Suita, posted the message on the Osaka Municipal Government’s website in late July.

“I will perpetrate a mass murder at Otaroad (a shopping district) on August 05,” he allegedly wrote.

Kitamura, who denies the charges, is suspected of accessing the service inquiry section of the Osaka Municipal Government`s website on July 29, the Japan Times reports

Kitamura was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the business of municipal employees.

According to the report, the Osaka police also suspect he could be involved in a bomb threat e-mailed to Japan Airlines Co on August 01.

The threat prompted JAL to order one of its flights to New York to return to Tokyo, but no bomb was found.

ANI

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