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Japanese horror: Two pop idols attacked by saw-wielding man

Published time: May 25, 2014 19:40
Edited time: May 26, 2014 11:28
This combo of file photos shows Japanese girls' pop group AKB48 members Anna Iriyama (left) and Rina Kawaei (AFP Photo / Toshifumi Kitamura)

This combo of file photos shows Japanese girls' pop group AKB48 members Anna Iriyama (left) and Rina Kawaei (AFP Photo / Toshifumi Kitamura)

Two members of a Japanese idol group AKB48, consisting of 140 girls, have been hospitalized after a saw-wielding man suddenly appeared from a crowd of fans and attacked them at a ‘handshake’ event in Iwate Prefecture on Sunday, Japanese media reported.

The members of the pop group, Rina Kawaei 19, and Anna Iriyama 18, were brutally attacked at a fan event in Takizawa, the company behind Japan’s idol group, AKS, said in a statement on its website.

The attacker, a 24 year old man, was waiting in line with hundreds of other fans, but suddenly he took out a 50-cm saw and started swinging it, Mainichi reported. The group’s staff member who was also injured, was protecting the girls and tried to stop the attacker.

“I saw with my eyes, unblocked view, of my girls running out in panic, Kawaei on the floor screaming and crying, in blood. I might never forget this. Something is lost today, that bond between fans and these idols that you can meet, and it will never be the same again,” a fan wrote on her Instagram account @ energywen.

So far the motive behind the attack is unclear.

The pop singers together with a member of their staff sustained multiple cut injuries. Both Kawaei and Iriyama suffered broken bones and lacerations to their right hands, AKB48 Manager Yuasa Hiroshi told Japanese media at a press-briefing after the incident. Additionally Iriyama suffered lacerations to the head, he said.

The suspect, Satoru Umeta, unemployed, from Towada in neighboring Aomori, has been detained by police on suspicion of attempted murder.

The all-girl AKB48pop group is hugely popular in Japan. AKB48 consists of 140 members divided into several teams. In November 2010, Guinness World Records named AKB48 as the largest pop group. The group has been characterized by Japanese media as a social phenomenon. The pop idols have inspired sister groups abroad, including one in Jakarta called JKT48.

Comments (26)


マリー 30.06.2014 00:42

mko 26.05.2014 06:02

They are not girls. Many of them are around 20-years-old women wearing the uniforms of junior high school kids. This abnormity may be the cause which instigated the mentally ill person. 


It's not an abnormity and it could never be the reason to do such thing. Woah. So what if they're dressing like that? It's nor abnormal and there's nothing wrong with it, thank you. They ARE girls actually. And they're early teens to 20s. Quit judging women, they're free to wear anything they want.


Frédéric Sirois 08.06.2014 09:51

brian 26.05.2014 14:51

There giggles must have set him off. These Japanese woman have a silly way of holding their hands to their mouths and giggling.


Your sick your place is in prison, seriously I can't believe there's some people like you that are allowed to be free...


Violeta Borovnica 27.05.2014 05:26

This is clearly the work of obama and his fascist zionist jew friends sucking the blood of innocent people with their capitalist parasitic teeth. HA!!! look at me leave comments like a russian.

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