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Man Arrested for Bomb Threat to Precure Film Screening on Twitter

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Authorities found no bombs & opening-day screenings were not delayed

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Yotsuya station arrested Ikuya Ōtaki, a 22-year old college student from Niigata Prefecture's Shibata City, on Wednesday for allegedly threatening to blow up a theater showing a Precure film in Shinjuku, Tokyo on opening day.

According to the police, the suspect admitted to the charges against him, stating, "I envied how the characters in the movie are always happy, bright, and forward-looking with all their hearts. My fond feelings for them turned into jealousy."

The suspect allegedly made the threats using his computer on March 12, at 10:55 p.m. He allegedly sent a tweet to the account opened by the Precure film staff, and the post stated, "I've planted bombs in various places of the theater floor." He further allegedly tweeted, "I'll crash a truck loaded with gasoline tanks directly into the theater and set the building on fire." The Eiga Precure All Stars: Haru no Carnival film opened in Japan on March 14.

The management of the Shinjuku theater increased security in response to the threat.

No bombs were found in the theater, and the screenings of the film were not delayed. Authorities stated that similar threats have been made on Twitter, and they will investigate any connection to the current suspect.

Sources: Jiji Press, Sports Nippon via Hachima Kikō

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