Woman Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Animate Retail Chain
posted on by Alex Mateo
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Itabashi Station arrested a 34-year-old unemployed woman of Korean descent in Minami Ward, Nagoya on Tuesday for sending death threats to the Japanese retail store chain Animate.
According to the police, the woman had sent 13 emails to the store from August 8 to 22. The suspect allegedly wrote that she "wished you had all died instead of those at KyoAni [Kyoto Animation]" and the Animate staff should "prepare to die at any moment." In the emails, the Japanese word for "kill" was allegedly written 3,582 times. She is suspected of forcible obstruction of business and interfering with the company's security.
The suspect was barred from Animate's online service in September 2018 after repeatedly making and cancelling orders. According to the investigation, she admitted to the charge, saying that she was angry at the company's response.