Two AKB48 singers, 1 staff member attacked at handshake event in Iwate

IWATE —

Two members of the megapopular all-girl singing group AKB48 and a male staff member were attacked by a 24-year-old man during a handshake event held by the group for its fans in Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, on Sunday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. at the Iwate Industrial Culture Center. NTV reported that the suspect was in the line of fans and that he cut the singers and the staff member with a 50-cm-long hand-saw. Both girls received cuts on their arms and heads.

The two singers are Rina Kawaei, 19, and Anna Iriyama, 18. Police said they and the staff member were taken to hospital and are in a stable condition. 

The suspect, identified as Satoru Umeta, was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Handshake events are very popular among AKB48 fans all over Japan. Anyone who buys the group’s CD is eligible to attend a handshake event. Officials said fans’ bags are never searched.

The group’s homepage lists each week where the girls will be. About 40 of the girls take part and shake hands with fans who usually form two lines.

At Sunday’s event, 50 fans lined up to meet and greet the girls.

Police said Umeta, who is unemployed, came from Towada in neighboring Aomori Prefecture.

Japan Today

  • 14

    Palarong Pinoy

    I hope they recover

  • 43

    SuperDonQuixote

    That's about what you'd expect when your business idea is based around attracting the country's biggest creeps.

  • 9

    oikawa

    Agree with both the above. I hope they recover soon and aren't too badly hurt, but it would have been naive in the extreme for management not to realise how weird a lot of their fans are. I wonder if they searched people before the meet and greet. I doubt it, but they were prime targets to be the next John Lennon or Monica Seles.

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    sillygirl

    This is sad and I hope they are now doing well. That being said, there should be some security at these "events" as some of the fans are really creepy.

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    some14some

    How can you arrange an event of such megapopular girls in Iwate prefecture? This group is good for mega cities only.

  • 9

    Tessa

    This news makes me very sad. I hope it's not part of a trend. The poor girl must be so traumatised.

  • 4

    Jimizo

    Sort the security out. AKB is a hive for weird, insular, socially inept crackpots. Hope all involved are fine.

  • 2

    Charlie Shaw

    Praying they recover soon.

  • 14

    M3M3M3

    The managers of these groups are pushing these girls into obviously dangerous situations. Most celebrities know enough to stay well away from their fans in public because of safety issues. I hope some serious questions are asked about this.

    I predict that once this incident is unravelled, we will find out that this guy had a long history of trying to contact these girls but nothing was done about it. Can you just imagine the amount of stalkers these girls must have? It makes me wonder why we never hear about it. I suspect that the entertainment companies ask these girls not to go to the police so as not to stir up any controversy that might harm their business.

  • 5

    Vincehwr

    Thanks to the guy, handshaking event is going to have security guards checking the audience for the concealed weapons. They should probably get rid of Idol industry once and for all but I don't see it happening any time soon in Japan.

  • 1

    Cos

    I hope they recover well, I'm particularly sorry for the kid. Well I was already sorry for all these young girls for working at letting creeps touch them all day instead of living their childhood and teens.

    naive in the extreme for management

    These pimps are anything but naive.

    I suspect that the entertainment companies ask these girls not to go to the police so as not to stir up any controversy that might harm their business.

    Unless they find that could be used to promote the said business....

  • 4

    cats and dogs

    AKB has been around for nearly 9 years now. And the minute some loon attacks a member, suddenly people act like they saw it coming due to some pretty unfounded assumptions about the fan base.

    I am sure some people said the same about the Beatles when Lennon got shot.

    I for one hope only for improved security, and not a sea change in the way things are done. I don't want to see one loon dictate the behavior of the sane.

  • 0

    Saiaku

    Does anyone know who was involved?

  • 3

    BurakuminDes

    I just hope the poor victims can recover mentally and physically.

  • -3

    Tessa

    Shocked fans are being interviewed at the scene. It's kind of creepy (to me) that they are all young, lone males.

  • 6

    DudeDeuce

    Thanks to the guy, handshaking event is going to have security guards checking the audience for the concealed weapons.

    They should have been doing this from the get-go.

  • 0

    Serrano

    Yet another nutter.

  • 2

    BurakuminDes

    Turns out to be a 24-year-old kidult attempted murderer. Hope he cops 10 years at The Emperors pleasure...

  • -2

    harvey pekar

    One of my biggest problems with Japan, the illusion of safety. The belief that this is Japan, the safest country in the world, proper security isn't necessary is an ignorant belief. All it takes is one time like this for a psycho to expose your ignorance.

    Get proper security at theme parks, concerts, and sporting events. It's a safer country than most but crime still happens. Less or not, it can still happen at anytime anywhere.

    I hope the victims are okay. This shouldn't happen to any innocent person.

  • 3

    genjuro

    Just terrible. Here's wishing the girls and the staff member a speedy recovery. I hope the injuries weren't serious.

  • 1

    kaynide

    @Tessa: The group is advertised as being 48 young, single girls. What's creepy about young single males being their fans?

    What I find creepy is the 30-40 year olds who throw a hissy fit when they don't draw the name they want to shake hands with from some CD purchase.

  • 1

    Theo Lubbe

    "Most celebrities know enough to stay well away from their fans in public because of safety issues." Which is why the majority of celebrities around the world happen to live among normal people, right? For every x amount of sane fans you'll get y of insane ones regardless of where in the world you are. If you're going to be afraid of the outlying cases, you might as well not even start attracting a fanbase, as you're going to get the crazies with the not-so-crazies whether you like it or not, and going out in public doesn't automatically make you any more of a target than shutting yourself in at home all the time.

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    Tessa

    @Tessa: The group is advertised as being 48 young, single girls. What's creepy about young single males being their fans?

    I like to think that the average healthy young man has better things to do with his time than obsessively follow girl bands dressed like pubescent school girls, but hey! Whatever floats your boat.

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    Nenad Jovanović

    @BurakuminDes

    What are the odds that the attempted murderer turns out to be a 45-year-old, unemployed virgin male creep, who still lives with Mummy and Daddy? Restrict these events to the kids - keep the slobbering psychopaths in their parents basements.

    Next time first READ the article before assuming something , lol .

    @harvey pekar

    One of my biggest problems with Japan, the illusion of safety. The belief that this is Japan, the safest country in the world, proper security isn't necessary is an ignorant belief. All it takes is one time like this for a psycho to expose your ignorance. Get proper security at theme parks, concerts, and sporting events. It's a safer country than most but crime still happens. Less or not, it can still happen at anytime anywhere.

    The most important factor that music industry has in Japan is closeness and sharing emotions between musicians and audience , specially that imply on Idol groups , and actually, this incident can shake Idol world greatly, because , first, Idol member will be wary of their fans, and fans will lose that small feeling of affection that they received from their Idols on the handshake events .

    I have some other question that I really want to know, how the rest of fans on that handshake event reacted? Did they tried to help , or did they stand there as silent observers ?

  • 3

    FizzBit

    I'm probably gonna get a thumbs down tsunami with this but here it goes.

    We can look at old videos of Elvis and the Beatles and the stones, and see all the young and older women fawning all over them. I never would have imagined that this could happen to guys on such a large scale. Is it the feminization of the male population here? I don't know. No judgment here, just curious.

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    Graeme Young

    FizzBit, males of the species have always fawned over female celebrities. This is not a new phenomenon.

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    Daiki

    I hope Rina , Anna and the staff member recover quickly and are not badly injured . I hope they do not suffer too much after trauma . It is terrible that one fool spoils not only their lives , but the safe society Nihon has . I do not like all the negative comments on one incident , but this is not the US , we do not have shootings like yesterday's incident and those in the past in the US . Please do not compare our society to theirs . I still feel safe in Tokyo and anywhere I go in Nihon . One incident does not label us as unsafe , merely an unforseen and unfortunate event . I am sure the management will increase the security in future . I have been to many event held by AKB and NMB and I and the girls felt safe . Please consider , it could also be members of the fan club or just visitors who could have been injured also , but this is Nihon not the USA . We , the general fan club always worry about the members safety , but almost all of us feel a kinship with our ' girls ' .

  • 1

    Educator60

    Graeme Young at May. 25, 2014 - 10:42PM JST

    FizzBit, males of the species have always fawned over female celebrities. This is not a new phenomenon.

    The assaults on entertainers while on stage or elsewhere is also not a new phenomenon. One such incident that sticks in the mind was Misora Hibari being attacked with acid in 1957.

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    FizzBit

    FizzBit, males of the species have always fawned over female celebrities. This is not a new phenomenon.

    In such large numbers? I disagree.

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    serendipitous

    Always has to be one loony (or a few) who stuff things up for everyone else. I guess that'll be the end of such 'handshake' events, at least for a while. Actually it's a workplace incident so I hope they are suitably compensated by their management companies who completely control their schedules and are responsible for keeping them safe.

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    BurakuminDes

    @ Daiki - no offence, but these kids are not "your girls". The image created by AKBs management that the stars are "pure", accessible and available - heck, they cannot even have boyfriends when in their mid-20s - is what seems to attract so many socially-stunted adult males. Get a hobby, boys - as of tonight, the show is now officially over for you.

  • 1

    Graeme Young

    Fizzbit, men have been fawning en mass over female celebrities since ancient Egyptian times. The only reason it appears more prevalent now is because global communications like the internet make it easier now.

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    FizzBit

    Graeme Young, you're just repeating yourself. You could say that 100 times, it's not gonna help unless you start putting some examples.

  • 2

    oldman_13

    I can't see how these meet and shake things can happen in future without proper security

  • 0

    Lowly

    Well, I guess that will be the end of the handshake line…

    A handsaw??

  • 2

    dracpoo2

    I am not a fan, but this is sad. I wish them all the best. I also hope the cruel man didn't slash their faces, seeing that is how these women make a living.

  • 7

    smithinjapan

    Graeme Young: "The only reason it appears more prevalent now is because global communications like the internet make it easier now."

    Why bother talking about Egyptian or other ancient times as a starter if you're going to talk about how different it is now? Yes, the internet makes it easier, but so does a nation who puts little children in bikinis on magazines directed towards adult males. Today you have seen the result.

    let's hope the ladies (and staff) get well soon. They don't deserve this by any means.

  • 1

    wontond

    Seriously, with this being Japan, and the way some of the men are, I'm surprised this type of thing doesn't happen more often.

  • -3

    Aaron Loki Brummett

    He should be thankful that I wasn't there. Does anyone know his name?

  • -1

    Noliving

    They may not have life threatening injuries but that doesn't mean they can't develop a life threatening infection.

  • 3

    Nenad Jovanović

    Support for Rina Kawaei and Anna Iriyama , hope for good recovery .

    @Aaron Loki Brummett

    He should be thankful that I wasn't there. Does anyone know his name?

    I found his name on Japan Times, its Satoru Umeta , 24, unemployed .

  • 10

    Cortes Elijah

    Yeah. I heard about this before I even watched the news. My TV set off an earthquake warning alarm. I glanced at the TV and it said an AKB48 member had been slashed with a knife. The first thing that went through my head was... "Why the hell is that so important that it actually gets sent through the emergency broadcasting alert?" Seriously how sad is this place that AKB48 is so important it can just pop into that?

    Anyhow good luck on your recovery. It must suck to be slashed on the hands, they don't ever heal that well. Happened to me in Japan. Lots of strange people in this country that instead of getting a job, like doing random things.

  • 4

    Cortes Elijah

    Aaron Loki BrummettMAY. 26, 2014 - 04:57AM JST He should be thankful that I wasn't there. Does anyone know his name?

    What would you do? Run to their rescue and punch him out? Nah you would get in more trouble than him in Japan.

  • 6

    Bogi

    Handshake events. Where under-age girls meet unknown men who have paid money to touch them. Japan - you never cease to amaze me.

  • 0

    djv124

    I had hoped that those here on JapanToday would've possibly shown a little bit of sympathy for the girls injured but instead, the majority of the comments are talking about the AKB fanbase. For example, @Jimizo said that we are all "weird, insular, socially inept crackpots." Really? As somebody who does in fact enjoy some of AKB's Music and has highly enjoyed all the videos they put out online of their comedic outings and what not, I take high offense to that. I am a college graduate, happily married musician and successful businessman. That makes me weird because I see value in something like AKB? It's not fair to marginalize all of us, especially given the fact that this was one crazed disturbed individual, and he is't an accurate representation of the nice individuals I've met that love AKB and support these girls and their career. And he CERTAINLY doesn't represent ME as a person that really respects and appreciates AKB. Lets stop for a moment and really focus on what's important now, and that is wishing Rina and Iriyama and that staff member who helped the a safe and speedy recovery. My prayers and thoughts are with them. And also I say to the fans who jumped in and stopped this guy from doing more damage, good job supporting your idols!

  • 5

    Michael Craig

    AKB48 maybe an annoying multi-dozen girl group, but they didn't deserve this!

  • -1

    It"S ME

    Hope

  • -2

    cracaphat

    Geek gone wrong.

  • 9

    Speed

    There's nothing in the world as dangerous as an unemployed Japanese man.

  • -4

    gogogo

    Attacked? With what? More information, a knife, a gun, fists?

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      A hand-saw

  • 1

    papigiulio

    Not a fan of akb but this is quite shocking. I thought these girls had proper security. It will be beefed up now for sure.

  • 4

    kaynide

    I like to think that the average healthy young man has better things to do with his time than obsessively follow girl bands dressed like pubescent school girls, but hey! Whatever floats your boat.

    I agree that AKB is not really for me and that there are other avenues that might me more fruitful for young men to occupy their time.

    However, it is quite natural for people to like idols of similar age: When I was younger, many girls in the states typically had pictures of NSYNC or Backstreet Boys or whatever boy band was going around on files/lockers or their bedrooms. All good, right?

    However, those concerts also typically had hoards of screaming 30ish year old women as well. I'm a bit out of touch with music today, but I imagine Bieber or Miley Cyrus have similarly aged followers.

    Anyway, the point is that it is quite natural to fawn over the opposite sex when the age is similar. Creep factor comes with age-dissonance.

  • 2

    Wakarimasen

    Weird. But i guess inevitable that one of their fans would end up doing something loony.

  • 2

    Thunderbird2

    And still we have the comments about 'underage' girls... look up the group's entry on Wikipedia... gives you the ages... around a third are under 18.

    Anyway, I hope the girls and their staff member can recover... and the swine used a hand saw to attack them? Hardly the weapon of choice for your average psycho.

  • -2

    cracaphat

    And the "Wide Show" was just showing clips of members greeting fans with handshakes,BUT not showing the members faces!! Really? Just disband them then.

  • -1

    AlexCook

    Why would he attack them though?? Is he a sycho?

  • -1

    FizzBit

    Anyway, the point is that it is quite natural to fawn over the opposite sex when the age is similar. Creep factor comes with age-dissonance.

    Well, my point is, is that it is "not natural" for boys/men, in such large numbers, to fawn over female idols. It's unique to Japan....maybe. As I said above, I don't know, and was looking for other opinions on this.

    And here is an example. You mentioned Miley Cyrus, and she's about as raunchy as they come, so one would think the guys would fawn over her en masse, just to see her "do her thing". So here's a pic of a live concert. As you can see, (and I'm not sure if JT will let this fly) there are about 3 guys and around 40+ women. Compare that to a Momoiro Clover Z concert, where my wife told me the whole audience are guys.

    I'm from the States as well, probably a little older than you from Backstreet Boys/locker reference, (lol), and we never did that. The only time I remember an all guy crowd in front of women on stage was a spring break wet-T-shirt contest.

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    borax

    Yeah. I heard about this before I even watched the news. My TV set off an earthquake warning alarm. I glanced at the TV and it said an AKB48 member had been slashed with a knife. The first thing that went through my head was... "Why the hell is that so important that it actually gets sent through the emergency broadcasting alert?" Seriously how sad is this place that AKB48 is so important it can just pop into that?

    I was watching TV too, it wasn't an earthquake alert, it was a standard breaking news alert. It's a different system, and individual broadcasters use it of course for things like elections and other national news, but major entertainment stories as well. I've seen it plenty of times before for celebrities passing away or being arrested, it's nothing new.

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    Graeme Young

    @smithinjapan "let's hope the ladies (and staff) get well soon. They don't deserve this by any means."

    You're preaching to the converted.

    @fizzbit "Graeme Young, you're just repeating yourself. You could say that 100 times, it's not gonna help unless you start putting some examples."

    Okay here's one example off the top of my head.

    The following link concerns the 18th Century celebrity and aristocrat Susanna Montgomerie, Countess of Eglinton. It contains numerous references to how the men of the 18th century fawned over her. That was 300 years ago.

    http://www.electricscotland.com/history/women/scottishwomenchapter10.htm

    Other examples of female celebrities who've had a legion of men fawning over them are Cleopatra, she had none other than Julius Caesar fawning over her. Julie Christie, Elizabeth Taylor, Amelia Earhart, Marylin Monroe, Catherine Bach, Cybill Shepherd, Dolly Parton, Barbara Eden, Dorothy Dandridge, Grace Kelly, Lili St. Cyr, Audrey Hepburn, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Kim Novak, Jane Seymour, Ann Boleyn, Brigitte Bardot, Vera Lynn, Jane Russell...

    There are thousands more... Female celebrity is not a new concept.

  • -3

    FizzBit

    Well Young, at least I know where your coming from now. I should have been more specific about female POP music idols in Japan and the male crowds they draw. I wrongly assumed it was obvious.

  • -1

    Yubaru

    This news makes me very sad. I hope it's not part of a trend. The poor girl must be so traumatised.

    And not the other one? They both are traumatized and if they are smart they will quit a.s.a.p.

  • -1

    Eythan Aldrich

    hopefully that perp fool is going to get a death penalty for what he did......

  • 1

    Trio Yang

    **The guy is not their fan or anti,he just want to go to jail,that's all

    it doesn't matter who is he kill(he said that)**

    And please don't say like you know everything about thing you don't know clearly like AKB girls or AKB's fans

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    kaynide

    Well Young, at least I know where your coming from now. I should have been more specific about female POP music idols in Japan and the male crowds they draw. I wrongly assumed it was obvious.

    The more you restrict your criteria, the more difficult (obviously) it is going to be to find specific examples to counter you.

    If we're talking music that groups with "legions" of fans, I would point to k-pop male bands that have a huge female following (both Japanese and Chinese). For female talent, Katy Perry or Lady Gaga are pretty hyped up with a lot of followers. Gaga even calls hers "little monsters".

    Not sure your age- as you said you might be older than me. If that's the case, then what about the 60s/70s? The Princess Leia or Ohura popularity that swept the nerd community in the states? Those characters continue to be quite popular amongst certain fan groups.

  • 0

    Brian Wheway

    I think that being charged with attempted murder is a bit strong, but on the other hand don't go around attacking people and you won't be charged. what will the punishment be? 1 year in prison ? more?

  • -1

    Tessa

    @Yubaru: don't jump to conclusions. When I wrote my post the news reports stated that only girl had been injured in the attack.

  • 1

    cats and dogs

    I'm from the States as well, probably a little older than you from Backstreet Boys/locker reference, (lol), and we never did that

    Well good for you and good for America.

    By the way I am pretty sure Japan has far fewer stabbings and slashings than America, even per capita. You might want to reconsider what you advocate people do for hobbies. In my mind male fandom for even younger females does not usually lead to nutcase knife attacks. However there was a case recently of hate for females leading to a shooting and knifing spree. You will never guess where!

  • 1

    kaynide

    ...also @FizzBit: Not sure what my being 30 years old has to do with the tastes of people at specific times in history. Should I have mentioned the rabid fans of Micheal Jackson (both J-5 and as King of Pop)? Or Elvis Presley?

  • 1

    Qamar

    :( I hope that those involved will get well soon and manage to recover soon from the shock. It would take me years to be able to approach a stranger again after something like that... 19 and 18 years old and now with scars which might physically and emotionally never disappear, just because of a loon. Makes me pretty sad. I don't care if they are AKB or anything else, it shouldn't happen to ANYone.

  • 0

    Tessa

    Makes me pretty sad. I don't care if they are AKB or anything else, it shouldn't happen to ANYone.

    I am in total agreement. By the way, the talk at work today was of nothing else. Almost every Japanese colleague is of the opinion that the girls were very badly let down by their agency, which is supposedly responsible for their safety and welfare. They had some especially unkind things to say about the producer Akimoto Yasushi. Some people are of the opinion that the girls are treated "like playthings." It's hard for me to understand how anybody could knowingly be a fan of such a system, but who am I to judge. At the least I hope this unfortunate incident leads to a good, hard look at the whole manufactured "idol" system in Japan.

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    FizzBit

    @kaynide

    I'm gonna rephrase my question.

    Does anyone out there know if there are any other countries in the world, that has very large male followings of female POP music groups, like we see in Japan?

    This is not limited to AKB48, but many others. For example, the sold out concert of the all male audience ONLY by Momoiro Clover Z.

    You mentioned the two Kings, but I'd like to add that most of the "fawners" (is that a word?) were women.

  • 1

    kaynide

    @FizzBit: Sure. K-pop in general does this with Korea, but it's not limited to just Korea. One specific band that came up was Crayon Pop (band name). Additionally, Korea has it's own vocabulary, "Uncle Fans", to describe these kinds of older men suggesting it is a common/accepted practice. So, it's not really all that rare.

    I'm not saying it's any less creepy, but it is what it is.

    Also does gender really matter? If 40 year old women are fawning over Biebs, is it any less creepy than these oyaji w/ AKB?

    One Source I found: http://entertainment.time.com/2013/09/02/k-pops-unlikeliest-fans-middle-age-males/

  • 1

    Mirai Hayashi

    This was bound to happen. AKB48 caters to social misfits who have a hard time socializing with the opposite sex (or the same sex for that matter.) Their predominantly middle aged male fans are mislead by AKB's PR and marketing people into thinking that these girls are virgins and single, and "saving themselves for their fans". Its so dumb and really unhealthy, and this type of marketing strategy really needs to stop.

  • -2

    Tessa

    This was bound to happen.

    I've been hearing a lot of that today. People were shocked, but not really surprised. And yeah, AKB48 fans are widely regarded - even in Japan, where anything goes! - as creepy misfits who have very little appeal to the opposite sex.

    By the way, does anyone know how this weirdo managed to sneak in a 50cm-long hand saw? Even without a bag check, it would've been pretty conspicuous, no?

  • 1

    FizzBit

    @kaynide

    I never said it was creepy. I really don't care what others do as long as it's not hurting anyone.

    I am just trying to understand where this male following phenomenon came from, and does it exist anywhere else. So yeah, for me, gender is important to answer my own questions.

    I sure hope you didn't waste time looking this stuff up, I was just looking for some quick answers from the international expat world.

    I think I'm gonna dig into this deeper just out curiosity. I have to get SOME use from my Sociology degree. lol

    Thanks for the info and link.

  • -1

    Mirai Hayashi

    The bag checks are a joke. Have you been to Disneyland and undergone their so called bag check? They barely even look. You could probably sneak in a 44 magnum and not get stopped.

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    Educator60

    @Tessa "By the way, does anyone know how this weirdo managed to sneak in a 50cm-long hand saw?"

    I saw one report this afternoon on TV that said he wasn't carrying any kind of bag or backpack and that he had the handsaw under his jacket.

  • 0

    Nenad Jovanović

    Here is the video of Rina Kawaei and Anna Iriyama leaving hospital , after surgery , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJlDprEHEag

  • 0

    kaynide

    @FizzBit: I wasn't saying you were calling it creepy, I myself find it creepy. I guess people are into it, but I just can't wrap my head around it. Maybe when I'm 40-50.

    And, in response to your question, I just googled it("Female Pop artist with all male fans"). Something like that. Your question was an interesting challenge one, and I was curious if indeed it is a Japan-Only phenomena, so all good. No worries!

  • -2

    B.B.Q.Demon

    The managers of AKB48 made a weirdo magnet. It worked too well. I'm very sorry the girls got attacked and injured; no one deserves that. I hope they're not mentally scarred from this.

  • 0

    kaimycahl

    For the love of money on the management part and for the same of evil on the idiots part. I hope the young girls can get back to doing what they love and for the idiot well he can sit in jail and fantasize his next move in cramped quarters.

  • 0

    Wolfpack

    This type of thing has happened before and will likely happen again absent better security. There are some creepy young men in Japan who obsess over pop singers. These types of people exist everywhere of course. However there is a certain amount of exploitation of underaged girls that can be see in some types of magazines in Japan that I just do not understand how it can be tolerated. There is some overlap with what those exploitative publications are doing and the marketing of the younger idols in these girl groups. This isn't a good thing.

    However, reading this thread one would get the impression that a large number of Japanese men are degenerates and pedophiles - which is complete none sense. The perpetrator in this case is obviously suffering a mental illness of some sort - which is different from being socially awkward or "creepy" as so many here like to point out. The vast majority of Japanese males are harmless and commit no crimes or other indiscretions. Impure thoughts may be bad but they are just thoughts. I'm not saying that obsessing over young women is a healthy thing but it isn't out of the ordinary behavior for males of any species.

    Most Japanese will be shocked by what happened. Although it will get a ton of publicity it isn't the worst thing that could have happened (not making excuses for the perpetrator or to understate the trauma the three victims have experienced). The nut out in California is a good example of how it could have been worse. The security at the event evidently prevented a much worse outcome.

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    bass4funk

    While I can't stand their music, there is no place for violence, even in Japan you have crazy loons that are obsessed psycho freaks and hopefully in Japan, they will realize that when you have anywhere on the planet, EVEN in Japan, you should always have high security, because you just never know, yes, it is very sad that you are not usually allowed to get close to your favorite celebrities, but nowadays, it's just too dangerous and we have to deal sadly with nuts like this guy. Glad that these girls are Ok and nothing worse happened to them and let's hope the guy doesn't get out for a long time.

  • 0

    Scnadal.Lova

    I hate to say it but, its always the unemployed ones.

  • 0

    gaijinheiwa

    It's sad but Japan's becoming a less safe country. I think the economic issues are going to eventually lead to the collapse of public safety if the oyaji in power aren't careful.

    Japan needs real labor reform before it's too late. But agreed this psycho should be locked away for a very long time and get the help he obviously needs. Attacking women is not OK. Let's not make excuses for narcissistic psychopaths attacking people, gentlemen.

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    Wolfpack

    @Poke:

    Counting on increased CD sales not based on the quality or appeal of the musical product, but rather the obsessiveness of a subset of fans. Its disgusting and the organization gets what it deserves sometimes.

    OK you do not like their business model. But you seem to be suggesting that the injuries to the young women are somehow deserved? I take it that you do not mean actual physical is in any way deserved - at least I hope so. There are a lot of things in society that prey on weak peoples vulnerabilities. Although you can make a case that this is one of those types of things, but I do not see at as anywhere near the top of the list of craven business practices. This isn't any thing like the exploitation of the sex industry for example - though I concede there is at least a bit of exploitation of the over 18 members.

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