Scientists around the world have been studying COVID-19 in a bid to figure out exactly what it is and how to defeat it.

Law enforcement agencies in Japan are also struggling to understand the new coronavirus, albeit for a slightly different reason. They need to define exactly what it is, and what it is not.

Could the virus be classified as a weapon of sorts and, if so, could threatening to use the virus in some way constitute a crime? If that would be a crime, what criminal statutes apply?