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The Neomugicha incident is the name given to the 2000 hijacking of a Japanese bus by a user of internet forum 2channel after placing a warning on the website.

An hour after posting a cryptic threat in a thread with the name "Neomugicha" ("Neo-Barley Tea"; ネオむぎ茶), the 17-year-old youth hijacked a bus in Fukuoka, Japan, stabbing one passenger to death.[1] The Special Assault Team then stormed the hijacked bus and captured the youth alive.

The incident came as a shock to both 2channers, who had mocked Neomugicha as a liar, thinking he was posting about an attack that had already occurred, and the general public.

Later, a poster named "Neouuroncha" ("Neo-Oolong tea") attempted to imitate Neomugicha by plotting to blow up the Odakyu railway in Japan and posting warnings about it on 2channel. After the Neomugicha incident, however, the Japanese police were keeping a close eye on 2ch, so he was identified and arrested before his plan could be carried out.

A poster called "Neomugishu" ("Neo-Barley Wine") also attempted to imitate the incident, planning a terrorist attack on a railway company, but he was also arrested.[1]

A similar incident occurred on 4chan, an english imageboard comparable to 2channel, when Jake Brahm posted bomb threats against several NFL football stadiums. He was charged, and released on bail. He later pled guilty and spent 6 months in prison.


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