The authorities have detained a man for issuing a death threat to voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki. However, the prosecutor did not move forward with the indictment.
The 32-year-old man was identified as Akihiro Fukushima, and he claimed to be the fan of Mizuki. Following the investigation process, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor Office decided on Wednesday, March 29 to not continue the indictment, Anime News Network reported.
Fukushima said that he had sent an email to Mizuki asking to meet her, but the 37-year-old singer and voice actress did not reply his message. Subsequently, he posted a tweet threatening to kill her on Feb. 2, followed by other threatening messages. One of the tweets read, "I've got no choice but to kill Nana Mizuki."
Mizuki's representative reported the threat to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police and increase the security surrounding her residence. Police tracked the man's whereabout and detained him. He was charged with interference to the business activities of Mizuki's fan club management.
Obsessed fans who turn into stalkers and stalking the Japanese pop stars have given a serious problem to artist managements and the authorities as well. In order to prevent stalkers. the Japanese parliament last February has revised the nation's anti-stalking law, as reported by Strait Times. The revised law extends the definition of stalking activities to the social media. Previously, the law only apply to email threat.
The latest fatal incident happened in May last year. An obsessed fan of Japanese pop idol Mayu Tomita brutally attacked and stabbed her. Tomita was left with 34 stab wounds on her face, neck, arms and back and partially blinded after the attack.
The perpetrator Tomohiro Iwazaki, 28, was charged with attempted murder and he was sentenced to jail for 14 years on Feb. 28. Fortunately, for Mizuki the police and her management agency acted fast to apprehend the perpetrator. Watch the Nana Mizuki concert "Live Park" below: