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Man arrested for posting death threat against Osaka governor


Osaka prefectural police have arrested a 35-year-old man from Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, after he allegedly posted a death threat online against Osaka Gov Hirofumi Yoshimura.

Kazuya Matsumoto, a self-employed worker from Yanai City, is accused of posting the threat on 5-Channel, an anonymous bulletin board, at around 3 p.m. on April 24, Sankei Shimbun reported. That same day, Gov Yoshimura had announced the names of six pachinko parlors in Osaka that refused to temporarily close amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This lockdown request came after a nationwide state of emergency was declared, urging citizens to refrain from making non-essential outings.

According to investigators, the time when the death threat was posted coincided with a live television broadcast featuring Gov Yoshimura naming the pachinko parlors that defied the prefecture’s closure request.

Although the online post was subsequently deleted, Osaka police were informed that a death threat had been made.

Police said Matsumoto, who was arrested Monday, has admitted to the charge.

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Probably a drunken case of lashing out by comment. It happens all the time here on Japan Today. He probably did not mean it and nor remember what he said. Drinking while commenting or emailing is bad. I know. But I am sure he regrets what he said.

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Sounds like someone's extremely addicted to pachinko.

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Yes, I agree! Addiction can make you strange "actions".

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Was Matsumoto affiliated with any dodgy groups possibly? Or just an angry pachinko junkie?

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Good nutters need to be locked away...

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No doubt just some clown used to spending his paycheque at the slots, and thought his threat would go unnoticed. Hopefully anyone who deals with him stops, and he goes to prison or has to work it off in other ways... and is banned permanently from pachinko parlors.

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I've said this before and I'll say it again, there's no doubt in my mind, etc., etc.

Sound familiar?

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