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Man arrested after posting shotgun murder threats against school online

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Police in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he posted comments in which he threatened to commit “an indiscriminate murder with a shotgun,” on a video-sharing website that is connected to a high school.

Police said Sho Watanabe, who was arrested Monday, touched upon the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the comments section of a video-sharing website around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Kyodo News reported. He also threatened to carry out “an indiscriminate murder” at the high school, police said.

A school staff member noticed the threatening post and contacted police. The threats started appearing on the site about a month ago, and there were a total of three posts, including one that read, “I’m going to set the high school’s hedges on fire.”

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Someone find these nut cases a job. Clearly they have WAAAAYYY too much free time on their hands.

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Find him a looney Pitt, not a job

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Another crazy one

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“I’m going to set the high school’s hedges on fire.”

LOL What an idiot!!!

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It’s about time Japan started taking mental health seriously. Hikikimori is not a fad! It is an illness that creates these kinds of whackos.

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There sure to be some copy cat leading to a incident...Japan has to be very alert and careful.

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Lindsay

It’s about time Japan started taking mental health seriously. Hikikimori is not a fad! It is an illness that creates these kinds of whackos

True. Alas, the Covid restrictions and the push to "telework" create more of those. One aspect that seems be forgotten a lot.

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“I’m going to set the high school’s hedges on fire.”

Sounds more like a gardening threat old people make to each other. "Mark my words, Ethel. I'm gonna pour vinegar in your flowerbed and set your hedges on fire. Then I'm gonna be voted best village gardener."

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Copycats will start showing up from now on and I hope that the Justice system will take them down like a lightening bolt.

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Another unemployed nut case! Hang him now, before the ink dries!

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I understand that people have mental issues but when they start threatening people for attention that's the incorrect way to get help. It's sad that an innocent person has to take the punishment of someone with a warped mind set. Here in the US we just had a homeless mentally ill person his a model in the face with a lead pipe. The guy was already on probation for assault, in this case the guy should have never been out of jail he should have been locked up. He is a menace to society!!

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Give him the help he deserves.

Behind bars.

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I understand that people have mental issues but when they start threatening people for attention that's the incorrect way to get help.

So, you expect a person who is mentally ill, to think like a person who isn't mentally ill.

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Give him the help he deserves.

Behind bars.

And if he is mentally ill, do you feel that imprisonment is an effective means to deal with a mental health issue?

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2 weeks ago someone sent an e-mail to every elementary school in my prefecture that they were planning on kidnapping 200 girls walking home from school. Trolling or not, these types of people need to be locked up with the key thrown away or dropped off on a deserted island.

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Capitalizing on Abe’s murder to get a free lunch in jail.

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These are copycats. Subway slashers were also copycats. The US is about copycats, and Japan even more so. Unhappy guys. No woman to have sex with. Loner guys. Looking at the internet that reminds them what other people have and they don’t have.

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Actually people with most diagnosed mental conditions tend to be less violent...strange but true.

Its the ones who can fit into society but would be probably sociopaths {as opposed to schizophrenic or similar }

whose personality type shows up AFTER an incident.

People then say "there was always a question mark around him but I couldnt put my finger on it ".

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This kind of threat must be taken seriously.

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