Police in Kumamoto have arrested a 20-year-old man for posting a false alert on Twitter in which he said that a lion had escaped from the zoo and was on the loose in Kumamoto city following the quake that struck the city on April 14.
The tweet, which was accompanied by a photo purporting to show the lion walking along a city street, caused a panic, Fuji TV reported. The Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens received more than 100 phone inquiries from frightened residents.
The suspect Kazuki Sato, a company employee and resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, was arrested for fraudulent obstruction of business, police said.
About 30 minutes after the quake, Sato tweeted that a lion was on the loose in his neighborhood. He was quoted by police as saying he posted the tweet for kicks and just wanted to shock people. His message was retweeted more than 20,000 times, police said.
The Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens filed a complaint with police after they were swamped with inquiries.© Japan Today