Univ of Tokyo graduate held for threatening to kill bureaucrats on blog November 30, 2008Posted by chandrapong007 in Education.
TOKYO — Police arrested on Saturday a 25-year-old University of Tokyo graduate on suspicion of threatening to kill senior education ministry officials on his blog, apparently because he felt ‘‘deceived’’ by the ministry after learning that reality is different from what school textbooks say.
Fumihiro Maeda, an unemployed man from Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward, allegedly posted a blog entry on Nov 20 that said he ‘‘will stab to death at their homes within a week one by one’’ 10 ministry officials, including the director general of its Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, police said.
Maeda, who the police said has been jobless since graduating from the university, told the police after the arrest, ‘‘I felt that I was deceived by the education ministry after learning that reality differs from the contents of school textbooks, although I had studied to live up to my ideals.’’
In addition to the Nov 20 entry, Maeda is suspected of posting other entries about his plans to murder University of Tokyo professors and other bureaucrats at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the police said.
Maeda told the police he did not prepare any weapon to carry out the plans, the police said.
A series of online threats to murder senior education ministry bureaucrats identified by name have been posted on Internet bulletin boards since earlier this month.
The ministry enhanced security steps after former vice health minister Takehiko Yamaguchi and his wife Michiko were found stabbed to death at their home in Saitama City on Nov 18 and Yasuko Yoshihara, the wife of former vice health minister Kenji Yoshihara, was stabbed at their home in Tokyo the same day.
The ministry removed the list of the names of senior ministry officials from its website in the wake of the attacks on the former health ministry officials’ homes.
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