The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office decided to drop indictment charges against Akihiro Fukushima, a 32-year-old man who threatened to kill voice actress Nana Mizuki (known for voicing Hinata Hyuga in Naruto) for failing to respond to an email. He was arrested on February 20th outside of the building that operates Mizuki’s official fan club and was charged with obstructing business.
According to a police investigation, Fukushima admitted to sending a death threat to Mizuki, saying “I emailed Mizuki to say, ‘I want to meet you,’ but got no response, so I did this out of spite.” Fukushima sent a message to Mizuki’s Twitter account, saying, “I have no choice, but to kill Mizuki,” and other threatening messages. The police are only charging Fukushima for obstructing the activities of Mizuki’s fan club and not for the death threat.
Mizuki was on a music tour during the incident, but her representatives filed a complaint with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on the same day Fukushima send the death threat. As a result, security was increased for the remainder of Mizuki’s tour dates.
This is the second known time that Mizuki has received a death threat. In 2008, a 21-year-old man threatened to kill Mizuki and fans during a concert performance in Tokyo. After being arrested, the man claimed it was a prank to see how people would react.