The prosecution said last year that a man was fined 9,000 yen ($ 80, £ 59) for online abuse of a Japanese reality star who killed him.
Before she died, 22-year-old Hana Kimura wrote a series of social media posts implying that she had been cyber-bullyed.
According to reports, the man posted a message on his social media account that he had a “terrible personality” and asked “when will he die?”
The reality show Terrace House was canceled after his death in May.
The Terrace House, co-produced by Fuji TV in Japan and distributed by Netflix, was popular with viewers around the world before it was cancelled.
The unscripted reality show follows six young people who live together in one house in Japan, but generally live their daily lives.
In recent years, it has gained a lot of support due to the genuine interaction between cast members and the relative lack of drama.
Kimura, who joined Terrace House last September, was one of the six members of the show’s latest season, Tokyo 2019-2020.
She is said to be the target of hundreds of abusive tweets from fans and critics every day.
According to local media reports, the abuse was exacerbated after a particular episode (screened only in Japan) in which she quarreled with her roommate.
Before she died, she was reportedly posted an image of her self-harm on Twitter with the message, “I don’t want to be human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you everyone, I love you. Goodbye.” ing. .. “
According to police quotes, the unnamed man was posting increasingly abusive messages on his social media accounts.
He was charged with “insult”. Under Japanese law, the maximum fine for this fee is 9,999 yen.
Individuals can be fined up to 500,000 yen for more serious “defamation” charges. It is not clear why the light ruling was applied in this situation.
The ruling prompted comments on social media that the punishment was too light.
“”[This charge] “It’s too generous,” he said on Twitter, but another comment called the law “wrong.”
Following her death, the Japan Times reported, the Japanese Ministry of Communications began to consider measures to make it easier for online slander targets to obtain information about attackers.
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