Artist of popular manga "Death Note" arrested for breaking weapon control law
Tokyo: OBATA Takeshi, age 37, known for his work on popular manga such as "Death Note," was put under arrest at Shakujii Police Station after being found to have an army knife in his vehicle.
Suspect Obata explained, "I kept it to use when I go camping."
According to the police station, Obata was pulled over for driving with his headlights off near the the Ooizumi Junction outside Nerima City early in the morning of September 6. The patrol officer discovered an uncased 8.6cm army knife in the passenger seat's console box* and Obata was arrested. Under the Firearms and Swords Control Law, it is illegal to carry a blade over 6cm long without due cause.
Death Note is a popular work that has sold over 20 million paperback volumes. Obata is also well-known for the manga "Hikaru no Go," which caused a boom in popularity for the boardgame Go.
*The console box is the storage compartment between the seats.