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Violent Attack on AKB48 – Update

26 May

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

TheaterNoticeAccording to Twitter users, notice was given to fans by the HKT48 Theater in Hawks Town Mall, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka Prefecture. The letter regards new security measures, as advised by Japanese police, in the theater where AKB48’s splinter group, HKT48, performs. In the letter the theater states:

“We will start using metal detectors today. The following is a list that will set the detector off to please put them in a plastic bag which we will distribute.”

The list includes watches, keys, belt, lighters, coins, cellphones, fashion accessories and other metals.

Other fans at the most recent HKT48 performance have said the front row in the theater was left unoccupied and that there were no hi-fives given by members of HKT48 to their fans.
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AKB48 Members Injured in Daytime Attack

26 May

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Note: This report contains coarse language.

Suspect: Satoru Umeta

Suspect: Satoru Umeta

Two members of the popular Japanese pop group AKB48 and one of their staffers were injured Sunday in what was described as an attack. The violent assault by a lone 24-year old male took place during a fan event at the Iwate Industry Culture and Convention Center in Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture. The alleged attacker, identified by police as 24-year old high school drop-out Satoru Umeta from Towada, assaulted three people with a bladed weapon. He was arrested on the spot for suspicion of attempted murder.

There was confusion among AKB48’s fans after the attack. One of them posted live from the event on WEN48:
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