Updates on the AKB48 Attack

The handshake event attack is the top story on all of the morning wide shows here this morning. Here are a few updates to the situation:

  • Both Rina Kawei (川栄李奈) and Anna Iriyama (入山杏奈) successfully underwent surgery, and should be released from the hospital tomorrow. Kawaei had a broken bone and lacerations to her right thumb, and Iriyama had a broken bone and lacerations to her right pinky, as well as a head injury.
  • The assailant was 24-year-old hikikomori Satoru Umeta (梅田悟). He has admitted his guilt. Umeta’s mother released a statement saying that she couldn’t find the words to apologize, and also that she had never seen any AKB48 goods around the house or heard Umeta talk about them. The day before the attack, Umeta left the house to go on a walk, and his mother was unable to contact him. She heard about the attack when a TV station contacted her.
  • There were five members in the handshake event tent Umeta entered. Kawei and Iriyama were the two closest to the entrance. Central members including Mayu Watanabe (渡辺麻友), Haruna Kojima (小嶋陽菜), Minami Takahashi (高橋みなみ), etc., were also in attendance, although in different tents.
  • An NMB48 high-five event planned for yesterday evening in Osaka was cancelled, and an SKE48 handshake event taking place in Nagoya was halted. SKE48 members were seen crying after hearing the news of the attack on the AKB48 members.
  • Hiroshi Yuasa (湯浅洋), manager of the AKB48 theater, commented that the security at these events must be reconsidered.

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