A man has been taken into custody for sending a shotgun cartridge alongside a death threat that says, “I’m going to kill you” to actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto. The 55-year old unemployed man has been identified as Mikio Mizutani from Nagoya.
The rookie lawmaker caused a public outcry last year for handing a letter containing his anti-nuclear sentiments to Emperor Akihito during a royal garden party on October 31. Many decried the act as a breach of protocol in a nation that used to revere their emperors as deities and still consider them highly important now, even just as a mere symbol. The sender attempted to mail the letter via post office in Tokyo’s Ginza district, but it was not delivered when a x-ray showed the cartridge. Upon checking, the sender’s name was traced back to Mizutani’s former employer, who denied having any involvement in the letter.
Upon further probing, Mizutani admitted to the crime and said that his reason for making the threat was his anger over Yamamoto giving the letter to the emperor. Authorities are now questioning him for separate incidents from February, in which his former boss received a bullet in the mail, and another bullet was sent to the office of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The letter is not the first threat Yamamoto has received since the incident at the royal garden party. In November, he received an envelope with a knife and a note that says, “a group of assassins will be dispatched shortly.”
[via Japan Today]