Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder and ex-operator of online bulletin board 2channel, reportedly ignored hundreds of police emails requesting that online posts on the trade of illegal drugs and other harmful messages be removed from the popular forum, sources said Friday.
The emails were found in a personal computer belonging to Nishimura, 36.
They were sent from the National Police Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, prefectural police departments and the Internet Hotline Center, which cooperates with the police in tackling harmful information posted online.
Most of the messages had been opened, suggesting Nishimura has read them. In May, he claimed via his blog site that he had received just two emails from police asking him to delete online posts, the sources added.
The MPD’s cybercrime unit believes that through the police emails, Nishimura was fully aware that the 2channel site contained many illegal and harmful posts, the sources said.
On Thursday, Nishimura’s case was sent to prosecutors over his allege failure to delete illegal online posts, thus enabling a drug dealer to post a message May 7 on illegal stimulant sales.