07/01/2014 04:13 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:53 GMT

Man Arrested For 'Forcing Boy To Play Grand Theft Auto' In Japan

A Japanese man has been arrested after allegedly forcing a nine-year-old boy to play GTA IV so much the stress caused him to become ill.

Maasa Kawabata, a male nurse, forced his wife's son from a previous marriage to play the game two-to-three hours a day for up to three weeks.

Kawabata, 28, is also have alleged to have subjected him to verbal abuse and even told him to die when he moved in after marrying her in October 2012

The boy was diagnosed last April with dysautonomia which caused headaches and nausea. This prompted the mother to report Kawabata to police.

He was arrested this week.