News Man Arrested for Threatening Voice Actress Aya Hirano
posted on 2011-06-01 00:10 EDT
Police arrested Tomokazu Furuichi, a 24-year-old male worker from Sapporo, Hokkaido, on suspicion of writing on the Internet forum 2channel (2ch) that he would harm 23-year-old voice actress Aya Hirano and making other threats. Furuichi allegedly made his threats against Hirano between April and May, and he is also accused of saying he would "blow up Fuji TV" and other means of "forcible obstruction of business" (an arrestable offense in Japan). According to the police investigation, Furuichi admitted to the charges.
A person who identifies himself as "Tomokazu Furuichi" has been using a Twitter account to send messages about killing Hirano and her fans.
The news source FNN posted a video report on the news.
Update: More background information added. The suspect's given name is pronounced "Tomokazu."
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