In an anime industry scandal that's made international entertainment industry news, Osaka police have arrested 42-year-old anime staffer Masaki Kitamura (assistant director on Gundam 00, episode director on Yu-Gi-Oh and Wolf’s Rain) for allegedly threatening to ram a truck into pedestrians and “then stabbing whoever I can with a knife before committing suicide.”
The threat was posted to Osaka City government’s web site on July 29, and later tracked to a wireless connection owned by Kitamura, who has denied knowlege of the message. Police are also investigating whether an August 1st bomb threat against a Japanese Airlines flight from Tokyo to New York originated from Kitamura.
The knife attack threat is strikingly similar to Tomohiro Kato's 2008 Akihabara mass murder. Following the tragedy, Akihabara suspended its Sunday tradition of closing roads to vehicular traffic, later re-opening to pedestrians between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on January 23, 2011.