A scary incident at the Makuhari Messe venue in Chiba City caused an idol handshake event to shut down early.
It’s being reported that an unemployed 24-year-old man threw a flare into a handshake line for a Keyakizaka46 event. During the chaos, people were able to use fire extinguishers to put out the flare before anyone was hurt.
The man was initially arrested for violating firearms laws, but the Chibanishi Police found an even more disturbing plot…the man was planning on killing one of the idols. A paring knife (about a 12.6-cm / 4.9-inch blade) was found in the man’s possession, and he confessed that he was planning on stabbing one of Keyakizaka46’s members to death.
Metal detectors were present at Makuhari Messe, as well as bag inspections. Police are trying to figure out how the man was able to bring in the flare and paring knife.
In a bright turn of events, the idol’s handshaking event continued after the man was taken away.
However, this is just the latest in a disturbing string of attacks and threats towards J-Pop idols. Since 2014’s saw attack on two AKB48 members, we’ve seen one non-fatal stabbing, various stalking reports, and a few death threats towards these artists.
Thankfully no one was hurt during this past incident.