Man arrested for threatening Comiket with Grenade

Police arrested a 20-year-old unemployed man from central Japan on Friday morning for allegedly threatening online to throw a grenade at the ongoing Comic Market (Comike) dōjinshi convention.

Hiroyuki Kageyama, an unemployed man from Kakogawa City in Hyogo prefecture, alleged wrote on the 2channel web forum on July 16, “I’ll toss a hand grenade at the Comike site.” Kageyama was officially arrested for “interfering with the operations” of the Comike organizers.

The 74th Comic Market is being held from August 15 to August 17. The Comic Market organizers posted an urgent notice on their website on August 8 to announce they are taking the unprecedented step of checking attendees’ bags “to prevent people from carrying dangerous items.” They explained that there have been several online threats against Comic Market since July. They also notified people that some escalators will not be in service in the aftermath of the accident that occurred on August 3 during the Wonder Festival model kit convention. On Friday, the Comic Market website posted another urgent notice to announce the arrest in the 2channel threat case.

Description & Source: ANN, Comiket


4 Responses to “Man arrested for threatening Comiket with Grenade”

  1. 1 Batu Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm


  2. 2 alafista Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Luckily he didn’t succeed. *phew*

  3. 3 gordon Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    where the hell is he gonna get a grenade? O_O

  4. 4 tflops Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Yeah, if there’s no comiket no doujins! 😦

    Security should be tight regarding the akihabara accident.

    And why the hell he threatened comiket?

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