AKB48 Members Maimed in Saw Attack

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A saw-wielding maniac has attacked AKB48 members at their latest handshaking event, severely injuring Rina Kawaei and Anna Iriyama along with a staff member.

According to police reports, a 24-year-old unemployed Aomori prefecture man arrived at an AKB48 handshaking event taking place at an Iwate prefecture venue, and entered the handshaking event tent.

Once in the tent the man launched into a bloody rampage using the saw he was carrying, inflicting severe but not life-threatening wounds on 3 people – two AKB48 members, 19-year-old Rina Kawaei and 18-year-old Anna Iriyama, and a male staff member.

The perpetrator was rapidly overpowered by staff and handed over to police as they arrived at the scene, and was immediately arrested on 3 counts of attempted murder.

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Initial reports indicate that apart from the omnipresent minders who oversee the actual handshaking, security at the event was rudimentary at best – attendees were able to enter the venue and approach the girls without any check of their possessions.

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The three victims were taken to hospital, and though the extent of their injuries is not clear, they were all said to be conscious and in a stable condition.

Details of exactly what injuries were sustained have been vague enough to prompt macabre speculation – Kawaei’s right thumb was subjected to “lacerations” and “fracture” severe enough to prompt emergency surgery, as was Iriyama’s right pinkie (she also suffered a head wound), causing some to wonder if the attacker managed to saw off the appendages in his frenzy.

Online there has been sympathy for the victims and condemnation of AKB48’s management for allowing such an incident to come to pass – though tellingly, with it being widely understood that their business model relied on bilking the mentally unbalanced, not much criticism of the perpetrator:

“They’ll have to stop the handshaking events now, surely?”

“Will they cancel the general election?”

“This must be the end of it all… there’s no way such a greedy and sordid business can continue forever in the face of stuff like this.”

“So one of their otaku victims finally broke after being exploited a little too far.”

“Their entire fanbase is basically comprised of people who could potentially end up like this. At least check their bags, guys.”

“A saw? What a grudge he mast have had.”

“The police really ought to shut AKB down now.”

“If they can no longer do handshaking events AKB48 are finished.”

“Imagine what will happen to CD sales if they cancel them.”

“From now on handshaking events will take place with the girls wearing stab-proof gloves.”

“The lack of details about the injuries is suspect – did he sever something?”

“Open fractures can result in amputation so this could be pretty dire.”

“Must be. Lacerations and fractures don’t sound severe enough to prompt emergency surgery.”

“Ghastly. He was charged with attempted murder as well, he must have gone there to kill them.”

“The trauma inflicted on them is no laughing matter either.”

“The injuries may be something they can recover from but I doubt their mental condition will be.”

“A saw is not going to leave these girls with scars they can just paper over with makeup…”

“Only the staff member who got mixed up in this has my sympathy.”

“This is the obvious end result of Akimoto’s shameful business model. It was only a matter of time before one of the fans did something like this.”

“What were the security guards guarding when all this went down?”

“Not even a check of their bags as they went in, really?”

“Since it is now obvious to everyone that there is no security at all at these events they have just got quite a bit more dangerous.”

“So much for this show.”

“I always though it would end up like this.”

“He didn’t try to saw off their hands and take them home, did he?”


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    Avatar of HDNphr34k
    Comment by HDNphr34k
    10:57 26/05/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    hope they're alright, though I'm not a fan of the band, no one deserves this

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Yup, these girls are hard workers, really people hate them for the wrong reasons, it takes a lot of sacrifice to be in that lifestyle, and they just want to be singers and dancers. The AKB model is not really their fault, so the girls being the figureheads everyone sees and blames is the sad part.

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    Comment by Yamato
    15:15 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    It helps to know that the life of a Japanese idol is NOTHING like the fakes we have in western pop-culture. Seriously, rather than the pretty faces who do nothing but lip-synch and then receive too much power to blow on drugs and luxury cars to get multiple traffic violations with, these are people who actually have to work hard just to do something they love while maintaining an attractive public appearance. And at the end of the day, they barely see much of their money, and if they're wrapped up in even the slightest scandal, the public domain dumps their sorry asses and try to pretend they never even existed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 27/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Make a contract with me and become a pop idol!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 27/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's usually their company or producer that sets up their gigs and the girls get stuck with them. Usually being something they probably don't like and being forced to do it anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:28 13/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 05/06/2014
    "Two of those links are undiluted garbage".

    yeah LIKE YOUR ASS moetard asshole!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 05/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two of those links are undiluted garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    While western fakes only have pretty face and sometimes a ok voice - their "real" Japanese counterparts have neither the face nor the voice, nor actually any chance to get famous. They are dumb teenage girls who dream of becoming stars and give up way too much for it, despite all the proof before their eyes, that the way they choose is an dead end.

    Comment by Anonymous

    sure this "Japanese idols" are "clean" and "innocent"
    yeah Yamato those poor girls doesn't deserve this

    http://theconversation.com/akb48-headshaving-and-the-sexual-politics-of-j-pop-11995

    http://www.reddit.com/r/japan/comments/186ggy/is_akb48_just_a_giant_big_scam_to_fork_out_money/

    http://www.asianbite.com/post/AKB48-Candy-Ad-Criticized-for-Encouraging-Homosexuality-news-4369

    ppf yeah right

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 26/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    oh man, i REALLY hope someone got all this on their iphone n shit. will it be up on something like liveleak any time soon ? dont get me wrong, i have no feelings either way about the group. I just think this would be some crazy cool shit to see happen !

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 26/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Actually a lot of these Girls just Prostitute themselves these days, to even get a chance to stay in the Spotlight.
    Even little Jobs are not that easy to get for Newcomers, so they often have to give some "Service" to their Producer.

    The Innocent little Girls you might be expecting an Idol to be, are long past.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    prostitute or not, doesn't warrant them to be killed does it?
    betraying fans cuz they're not idols of your dream? then go ahead and pick on the guys who came up with the whole idol idea, the AKB idea etc.

    these girls are as powerless about their job as any other office worker working under a big corporation.
    the only difference is they're job is to be a public facade of themselves.

    chainsaw dude just doesn't get it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Prostitutes are hard working girls. It's the pimps who pocket most of the cash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    some people think they're on the good side of justice when they talk about people who work in this kind of industry, having to bow to the upper management's will to sustain their income. face it; if they don't do it, who else will?

    Comment by Anonymous

    but japanases LOVES guro and death

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    Comment by Imyou
    11:25 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well said. I'm not on board with the band at all, and I'd agree about the remark of bilking the mentally unstable (at least among the fringe of the fans...) but with that said, what the actual fuck? Also, I wouldn't say they were asking for this - this comes right out of left field. It just doesn't make sense. Poor girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:40 27/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, violent assaults like should never happen in human society

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 26/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    And now come the crocodile tears after years of sankaku posters wishing for their deaths.

    Bloody hypocrites

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Go find the post from years ago that states "I wish they would die a violent, bloody death."

    Lots of people hate what the group represents. Not the girls who just wanna sing and dance.

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    Comment by cats2
    10:14 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm sure nobody ever SAW this coming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I SAW what you did there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:14 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i feel very SAW-ry for them

    Comment by Anonymous

    SAW what? its just a flesh wound.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ahw come on guys, I SAW all these jokes coming already!

    Comment by Anonymous

    He shoulda offered those girls his SAW-sage.

    That's what SAW-crates would have done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    terrible puns for a terrible event
    stay classy sankaku

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    Comment by blah derp
    02:26 27/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeah man, the guy VICIOUSLY ATTACKED them, 1 girls POOR PINKY, and the others POOR THUMB!!!!

    HOW DARE YOU MAKE A JOKE!!

    Seriously people..

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    Comment by Anonymous
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    21:22 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

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    01:47 10/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Anime and Manga to be blamed in three, two...

    Comment by Anonymous

    fuck anime and manga

    Comment by Anonymous

    screw anime + manga

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 10/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 26/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    FUCK ANIME AND MANGA OTAKUS

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    Comment by Solace
    11:05 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "Only the staff member who got mixed up in this has my sympathy."
    Of course innocent people are injured due to AKB48's Yakuza schemes.

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    Comment by Indra EMC
    09:48 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Otaku has gone too far, that's why they need to stop "Handshake" event or something like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:03 26/05/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That's no Otaku, that's just a crazy bastard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    True.

    People don't call Jack the Ripper a prostitute otaku or slashing otaku, doesn't it?

    Otaku is a term used for someone with avid obsession on something of materialistic nature; be it manga, anime, guns, idols,collectibles, etc etc. A homicidal person, is in another category. Being homicidal/murderous is more of a strictly mental-based issue; jealousy, anger, obsession; more generally, emotions.

    Sure, there are cases where some otaku turned murderous due to being extremely obsessed but that's due to their personal homicidal intentions taking over; which can happen to anyone be it they're an everyday salaryman, a mechanic, a police or even president of United States.

    So, don't simply throw the blame on otaku. It's still unknown whether the suspect is an otaku or not and even if he is, he doesn't represent the community as a whole; if a standardly normal person did something like this, we won't lump all other normal person in this world as a homicidal saw-swinging maniac, no?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @21:58 actually what you're saying is more incomprehensible. from what i understand, you're saying that a minor group should be stereotyped?

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    21:58 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, no, no. That's too complicated. Let's just say that if you are remotely different from the main stream you are obviously carrying a saw to hurt innocent girls with you. That's easier for my little brain to understand.

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    01:55 10/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 27/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Sure, there are cases where some otaku turned murderous due to being extremely obsessed but that's due to their personal homicidal intentions taking over; which can happen to anyone be it they're an everyday salaryman, a mechanic, a police or even president of United States."

    You're the faggot who can't even understand jokes, lol

    Comment by Anonymous

    Homicidal president, ahahaha

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're retarded as fuck. This has nothing to do with politics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You shouldn't put all otaku in the same bag with this guy. If you're speaking specifically of an otaku of Idols, than use the correct term, Wota.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ur true, but people often misuse otaku to mean stuff like "Disgusting person, Insane, Stupid, Geek freak, etc".

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    10:53 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Otaku and "crazy bastard" went hand-in-hand when the term was coined.

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    Comment by Imyou
    11:28 26/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No, it was coined for the socially inept who would use overly formal language (either improperly or as a joke.) The term got its black mark from Tsutomu Miyazaki, though that era really seemed just about forgotten. The Akiba knife nut really seemed to be its own thing, media-wise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Situation that was already expected some day, with so many people going bankrupt and losing family in exchange for a devotion that will never be repaid ..
    Spend all the wages in exchange for a handshake to someone who is there for ill will , even disgusted by certain fans ..

    People obsessed with a love that will never be, never ends well ..
    Still got lucky, for he choose such an absurd and difficult weapon to wield, or end up in more people werent injured and even killed ..

    Probably the blame goes to the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre ..
    And not that vote buying scheme ..

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    01:55 10/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku have gone too far for years now. The very second they started expecting seiyu to be virginal miko, just like their idols, otaku went too far. After which the occasional psycho began to surface, like this clown.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you think this is "too far", you must be new to internet

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 26/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know, right?






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