The District Public Prosecutor's Office of Osaka dropped
charges against 43-year-old anime technical director Masaki Kitamura on Friday.
The television station TBS revealed on Monday that it received an October 10
email from a person who claimed to be the "real criminal" behind the
virus that enabled massacre threats to be sent from other people's computers.
Officials released Kitamura on October 6 after
determining that Kitamura's computer was infected by a virus that allowed a
third party to remotely access his PC.
The authorities arrested Kitamura in August. They had
accused him of going to Osaka's inquiry page on the Internet and writing,
"I will commit a massacre in Otaroad [in Osaka's Nipponbashi area] next
Sunday. I will ram into pedestrian paradise, and after stabbing
indiscriminately with a knife, I will commit suicide" on July 29 at about
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