Chainsaw-wielding man wanted more views for YouTube channel
tokyoreporter.com -- Jan 09
A man who threatened a delivery worker with a chainsaw told police he filmed and uploaded the incident because he was looking forward to watching the number of views of the video rise, Nippon News Network reported on Saturday

Mie Prefectural Police charged Kazuhiro Hasegawa, 27, with swinging around a chainsaw and threatening a worker at a Yamato Transport distribution center in Iga City in December.

Police quoted Hasegawa, who runs a YouTube channel under Hasegawa Kazuaki 8003TV, as saying that he "was looking forward to watching the view count rise."

The smartphone Hasegawa used to record the footage was confiscated and is being analyzed, TV Asahi (Jan. 7) quoted police as saying.

Hasegawa uploaded the video to his channel but quickly took it down, according to news site Tantei Watch, and asked a user who uploaded a copy to also remove it.

Package contained Wi-Fi router?

Reports and explanations by the suspect suggest he became enraged after his father turned away a delivery driver who was attempting to deliver a Wi-Fi router he ordered.

Several netizens appear to have already circulated copies of the clip in question.

A recording of the video uploaded on YouTube appears to show an enraged Hasegawa screaming at a Yamato Transport worker as he demands his package be handed over.

三重県でチェーンソーで宅配業者を脅したとして逮捕された男は、インターネットに投稿した事件当時の動画の「再生回数が伸びるのが楽しみだった」と供述をしていることが分かりました。

News sources: tokyoreporter.com, ANNnewsCH
May 26
Tokyo police arrested a 21-year-old man on Thursday night for taking a woman, 55, hostage at her condominium in the Asakusa district of the Japanese capital's Taito Ward and inflicting injuries on the captive with a knife. (Jiji)
May 26
The last remaining unit of Japanese peacekeepers has left South Sudan, ending more than 5 years of Japan's participation in a UN operation in the African country. (NHK)
May 26
Grenade-like objects were found near a train station in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Thursday morning, forcing evacuation of some 200 users of the station. (Jiji)
May 25
The Imperial Household Agency is planning to officially announce Princess Mako's engagement to Kei Komuro this summer. (NHK)
May 25
Following a break-in at a bar in Shinagawa Ward, police revealed the case is likely connected to a string of similar crimes that have taken place across the metropolis over the past month, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
May 25
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a former member of popular boy band KAT-TUN for the possession of a small amount of marijuana in Shibuya Ward, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
May 25
Major Japanese electronics maker Hitachi has developed technology to make breast cancer screening more accurate. (NHK)
May 25
Saitama Prefectural Police are searching for a person of unknown gender suspected in a pair of assaults of young women in Saitama City early Tuesday who was last seen wearing a dress, reports Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
May 24
A 15-year-old high school student in Tokyo has been arrested on suspicion of forcing a classmate to eat a grasshopper and dog feces, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
May 24
Police in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of attempted robbery after he tried to rob two convenience stores on Sunday. (Japan Today)