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Man arrested for sending 180 menacing emails to ex-girlfriend


A male nursing assistant in Miyazaki has been arrested after he allegedly harassed an ex-girlfriend by sending her around 180 emails.

Police said Tuesday that Masashi Hidaka, 33, was arrested for allegedly sending his 25-year-old former partner the emails over the course of three days this month, Fuji TV reported. Police said that in some of the emails, he encouraged his ex-girlfriend to commit suicide. He is also accused of posting messages online that led his victim to believe she was being watched.

Police say Hidaka has confessed to sending the messages and is to be charged under Japan's newly-updated anti-stalking legislation, which was expanded in late June in an attempt to prevent jilted men or women from sending repeated, unsolicited emails to former partners.

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Good to hear. Let's hope there is prosecution and punishment.

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But some will say he should have been arrested from the first day, or the first hour, or the first message, or perhaps that first evil twinkle in his eye.

Personally, from a practical standpoint, I think 180 messages and three days is about right. Hopefully this woman had the good sense to take measures to protect herself in the meantime because the police really can't.

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If she committed suicide, how would she be able to read his stupid e-mails?

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about fricken time!

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180 emails is way too many. Personally, I might forgive 1 or 2 but much more than that becomes a pattern and intent to harm, either physically or mentally and should be dealt with.

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I thought love was blind...It seems that love is stupid!...for him anyways.

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Nutter. I hope the arrest stops his behaviour and serves as a warning to other potentially dangerous and unhinged people.

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Well i hope he gets the hint, but then again those that can not accept rejection, will act irrationally

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Glad to see that this new law is having results! Hopefully they will be able to stop more and more of these nuts before they go too far.

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Always be careful what you put in writing!

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about fricken time!

Well this could have happened in the other case too if the girl showed her fricken e-mails!

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So many Japanese dudes are just way over the top, mentally speaking. Do hope this fool has time to cool off in jail! Hope this girl is more careful about picking boyfriends.

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Personally, from a practical standpoint, I think 180 messages and three days is about right.

How many menacing e-mails did the killer in Mitaka send?

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It could also be a virus/ There are viruses that resend emails on an hourly basis/

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I wonder how this would work against a woman. My ex abused the heck out of me for months by email after our divorce and posted countless defamatory messages on Mixi about me - non of which were justified. I can just imagine the reaction from the cops if a gaijin went in to complain about a Japanese national 'woman' being the aggressor. I can see the dumbfounded look on their faces right now!

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ah yes, let's continue to make ASSumptions about what the j-police would do and always put them in a negative light, even though this news article is another example of a job well done.

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Ricky... it is part of a conversation. Good job cops.

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Well done finally they seem to be taking such threats seriously. Sad that some poor people had to suffer to get to this point but it seems that they are doing their job well now.

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How many menacing e-mails did the killer in Mitaka send?

@Get Real--I don't know. I don't know how menacing is defined. I was speaking in general, but of course I have less tolerance for threats of violence and would expect the police to act with far fewer in even just a day.

But I think its worth saying that the police cannot know what is happening until they are notified. And then they have only one side of the story to deal with. Sure, you can show the police mails of someone threatening to kill you, but what if you sent the first mail threatening death? You can't get anywhere without both sides of a story, and sometimes you can't get anywhere even then!

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Define menacing.

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A lady I know in Japan is also getting messages like these but she's afraid to go to the police in case it makes him worse. Stalkers like this are just scum.

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if this guy goes to prison perhaps he can find a boyfriend!

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60 Mails a day is nothing. The threatening ones though are.

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Hmm THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK ... emailing and internet now really a serious and dangerous .....

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