Former Japanese lawmaker and YouTuber GaaSyy was indicted Friday over online threats he allegedly made against individuals, including a celebrity, prosecutors said.

The 51-year-old, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, is suspected of threatening to defame actor Go Ayano, 41, and two others in his YouTube videos between February and August last year and interfering with the business of one of them.

GaaSyy. (Kyodo)

He became a popular YouTuber posting videos about celebrity scandals on his channel. He was stripped of his status as a lawmaker in March by the House of Councillors for not attending a single session since being elected last year.

GaaSyy, who had been living in the United Arab Emirates since before winning his upper house seat, was placed on an international wanted list in April and Japanese police arrested him earlier this month at Narita airport upon his arrival from the UAE.

He was elected to the Diet under the proportional representation system, whereby seats are distributed in accordance with the total votes cast for each political party and its candidates, on the ticket of the minor opposition NHK Party.

The party, known for its criticism of Japan's public broadcaster, has since renamed itself the Seijikajoshi48 Party.


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