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A Good Way to Prevent Future Handshake Event Incidents??

It’s just like a prison…but I’m not a criminal and neither is the idol…

Something should be done to protect idols, but an acrylic barrier with a hole in it would make handshake events just a bit too depressing.

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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.

AKB48 Members Attacked at Handshake Event

I’ve been really busy this week, but I’ve been preparing posts on the AKB48 general election early report (総選挙速報発表) and their official rhythm game app. But those will have to wait, because today, there was a terrible incident.

At an AKB48 handshake event in Iwate Prefecture, a man suddenly pulled a 50 cm. (~20 in.) saw out of his bag, and attacked some members in the handshake lane he was in. One male staff member was injured, as were AKB48 members Rina Kawaei (川栄李奈), 19 years old, and Anna Iriyama (入山杏奈), 18 years old. The severity of their injuries has not yet been announced, but responding police and fire officers said that all three victims were conscious. The 24-year-old assailant was promptly detained by the people around him, and was arrested on the charge of attempted murder.

According to NHK, staff were checking that the handshake event attendees did not have weapons in their hands, but the contents of people’s bags were not being examined. This is a major security failure that I sincerely hope is rectified by the next time one of these types of meet-and-greet events occurs.

As you can see in this video, at handshake events, attendees can shake hands with AKB48 members directly, with only a table between them. A staff member stands close by with a stopwatch making sure that fans move along after their allotted time is up and that they don’t try to get too close to the members, but there is sadly little preventing attacks like the one that happened today.

And it’s not like it was inconceivable that this sort of thing might happen:

AKB48の「握手会」に10回以上参加したことがある18歳の男性によりますと、会場で、ファンが好みのメンバーに結婚をしつこく迫ったり、メンバーに対して「裏切られた」などと大声でどなったりする様子を見たことがあるということです。
こうしたファンに対しては、会場で待機している担当者の男性がすぐに対応していたということです。
ファンの男性は「事件が起きたことはとても残念だ。ただ、過去の例を考えると今回のようなことが起きても不思議ではないと思った」と話しています。

An 18-year-old man who has attended AKB48’s handshake events at least 10 times said he has seen occurrences like fans aggressively proposing marriage to their favorite members, and people screaming “You betrayed me!” at members in a loud voice at these types of events, but that male staff members immediately respond when these situations occur. One male fan commented, “It’s a shame that this attack happened, but considering what’s happened in the past, I’m not really surprised.”

We don’t know what the attacker’s motivation was, but this sort of thing could happen again, and considering the sheer number of people who attend these events, it’s almost amazing that it took this long for a physical attack on an AKB48 member to happen. It sounds like security for these events needs to be seriously stepped up to ensure the safety of AKB48 members and staff members.

Here is Kawaei performing “Hasute to Wasute” (ハステとワステ) as the center of BKA48 (starting at 2:50):

Here is Iriyama singing “Temodemo no Namida” (てもでもの涙/’Even If’ Tears) with Rena Katou (加藤玲奈):

I hope that both of them and the staff member who was injured make a fast and complete recovery, and that all members of the AKB48 team can feel and be completely safe at future events.

AKB 切られたのは川栄さんと入山さん (NHK)

Update: Both Iriyama and Kawaei underwent surgery for broken fingers and cuts.

Pee Taxi

A taxi driver was arrested in Shijounawate City (四條畷市) in Osaka Prefecture for giving a woman snacks laced with a diuretic and causing her to pee herself in his taxi, all for his sexual pleasure.

The Asahi Shimbun (朝日新聞) reports:

「我慢する女性の表情に興奮した」と容疑を認め、「2年ほど前から40~50件やった」と供述しているという。

“‘The sight of a woman holding it excited me,’ he said, confirming the allegations. ‘I’ve done it 40 to 50 times since about two years ago.’ he testified.”

O_O

トイレに立ち寄るよう求めると、「我慢できないなら車の中でしていい」と介護用の吸水シートを渡していたという。

“When she asked him to stop at a bathroom, he said ‘If you can’t hold it, you can pee in the car,’ and handed her a urine absorbency sheet meant for use by caretakers.”

( ゚д゚)

 自宅などの捜索では、約120錠の利尿剤や、車載カメラで撮影した複数の女性の映像が見つかり、「録画を見て楽しんでいた」と供述したという。

“In a search of his house, about 120 diuretic pills and many videos of women recorded by an in-car camera were found. ‘I enjoyed watching the videos,’ he testified.”

😦

 

I try to avoid riding taxis, and whenever I have to ride in one, I try to memorize the driver’s name (it’s always on the dashboard) just in case something happens. I always felt kind of bad for being suspicious of the poor, usually older man driving me, but no more. From now on, I’m texting the driver’s name to my husband the second I get into a taxi.

By the way, a few years ago, there were several incidents of somebody getting into taxis, cutting the driver’s throat from behind, and stealing their money. That happened in Sakai City (堺市), also in Osaka. All the fucked-up taxi stuff happens in Osaka!

Anyways, if a taxi driver offers you snacks, ffs, don’t eat them.

Taxi driver arrested after slipping female passengers drugs so he could watch them pee (Rocket News 24 English)

タクシー運転手を逮捕 女性客に利尿剤、連れ回した容疑 (朝日新聞)