Published On: Sun, May 22nd, 2016

Japanese pop star attacked by knife-wielding fan



TOKYO, May 22 — A Japanese pop star who was repeatedly knifed in a frenzied attack by an obsessive fan was in a critical condition today, police and reports said.

Mayu Tomita, 20, was stabbed dozens of times in the neck and chest as she was waiting to appear at a small concert venue in Tokyo, Jiji Press and other local reports said.

Police arrested Tomohiro Iwazaki, 27, on the spot and seized a blood-covered knife, a spokesman for the Tokyo force said.

Tomita had been working as a pop star and actor while completing her college studies, the reports said.

Before the attack, the singer had complained to police that Iwazaki was posting obsessive comments about her on Twitter and blogging sites, Jiji said.

Iwazaki told police he became angry towards the star when she returned a gift he had sent her, public broadcaster NHK said.

Female Japanese pop stars often cultivate a girl-next-door image, appearing at fan events and performing at smaller venues.

Gaza ‘Spiderboy’ seeks to storm Guinness world records

In 2014, two teenage members of Japanese girl group AKB48 were attacked by a man wielding a saw at one of the band’s regular meet-the-fans events. — AFP

Mayu Tomita

News Source TheMalayMailOnline

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology