The police have searched 10 places related to the 2channel online bulletin board on suspicion that its operators assisted drug deals by failing to delete a post soliciting such transactions, according to sources.
The Metropolitan Police Department searched the 10 places, including a Sapporo-based computer company, on dates ranging from November last year to this month.
It is rare for the operator of an online bulletin board to be subjected to a criminal investigations for a message posted on it, observers said.
According to the sources, 2channel allegedly failed to delete a message posted on May 7 last year by a 54-year-old unemployed man trying to sell stimulant drugs and syringes. He has already been arrested on suspicion of violating the special law on drugs.
Another man and a woman, who saw the message, allegedly bought the drugs from him.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )