Angry anime shopper tells store employees to 'die' 3,852 times in death threat emails

As Japans largest specialty retailer foranimemerchandise, theAnimatechain is loved by many otaku. However, being a big name in an industry that runs almost entirely on fan emotion means that even when youre earning love from the majority of enthusiasts, you can still become the target of hatred from unbalanced individuals.
Back in March, Animate began receiving some very troubling emails. One saidInstead of the people from Kyoto Animation, all of you should have been killed,referencing theJuly arson attack on the anime studio that resulted in 36 deaths. Another threatening email promisedIm going to make sure to kill every last one of you,and yet another, showing a shocking lack of human empathy or succinctness, includedthe word Die repeated 3,852 times in a row.
In the wake of the Kyoto Animation tragedy, authorities in Japan have been taking threats against anime-related targets especially seriously, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into the matter. Investigators were able to determine the source of the threatening emails, which included a batch of dozens sent over a two-week period in August, and on Dec 10,arrested Choi Yuihwa, an unemployed 34-year-old woman of Korean citizenship, on charges of forced disruption of business activities.
Chois connection to Animate stretches back to at least 2014, when she made her first purchase through the chains online shop. However, herrepeated canceling of orders she placed got her account suspended twice, most recently in September of 2018, and rather than appeal the suspension, lodge a complaint with Animates customer relations department, or simply do her shopping at one of Animates many brick-and-mortar shops (or one of the chains competitors), she decided the best way to handle the situation was to spend several months sending online death threats.I was angry because I didnt agree with how [Animate] had handled the situation,Choi was quoted as saying, while admitting to the charges.
The arrest comes roughly four months after Osaka Prefectural Police officersarrested a 25-year-old man from Shizuoka Prefecture for sending threatening emails to video game developer Key/Visual Artsthat also alluded to the Kyoto Animation arson attack.
Sources:The Sankei NewsviaJin,YouTube/ANNnewsCH,TBS News
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