• Kyodo News


A 15-year-old boy was arrested Saturday after posting several threats on an Internet website that he would commit mass murder near Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station on Friday night, police said.

The junior high school student from Yokohama was arrested on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business. The messages said the murder spree would take place near the long-distance bus stop outside the station.

The boy used a Nintendo DSi game console at a supermarket in Kanagawa Prefecture to access an Internet bulletin board on the afternoon of Feb. 6, police said. He allegedly wrote: “At exactly 21:00 p.m. on Feb. 11, I will randomly kill people in front of the entrance of the Shinjuku highway bus terminal. If you don’t want to die, don’t join the game.”

Police analyzed the postings and determined the location of where they originated. Officers Friday afternoon spotted a boy in an electric appliance shop in Kawasaki who was using a game console to read the postings on the Internet bulletin board and asked him to voluntarily come to a police station.

The youth admitted to posting the threats and told police he did it alone. He reportedly said he wanted to see what sort of reaction he would get.

The boy had a ticket for a bus that was to leave for Osaka at midnight and planned to board it after seeing what happened outside the station. Around 80 police officers were deployed to the station Friday night.

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