Japanese celebrities are the unfortunate victims of numerous stalking cases.
Some culminate in violence — such as Mayu Tomita’s non-fatal stabbing or a pair of AKB48 members being assaulted with a hack-saw. Thankfully, most are nothing more than empty death threats that end with the stalker’s arrest. Then, you have bizarre cases like the one you are about to read.
Shoko Nakagawa is a popular media personality known for hosting various Pokémon variety shows, appearing in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, and releasing a handful of anime songs.
In August, Nakagawa found a nefarious letter in her mailbox that read “Please tell me how to reach you.” Nakagawa quickly filed a police report, and they discovered that a 33-year-old unemployed man was hanging around her home.
A warning was first issued since the man wasn’t deemed an immediate threat, but he quickly resumed stalking Nakagawa. After filing another stalking report, the police finally arrested the man and took him into custody.
So, why was he stalking Nakagawa? Was he trying to kill her and attempt to gain sexual favor? No — the man lost his keys and wanted to crash on Nakagawa’s house.
“I had lost my home key, and I don’t have friends or anyone to turn to, so I thought I might turn to Nakagawa,” the man claimed.
Did this unemployed man really lose his keys, have no one to turn to, and no means to purchase a replacement? The police are investigating, but the bizarre excuse has scarred Nakagawa.
She wrote a blog saying that she has been having panic attacks and bouts of paranoia due to the stalker. Nakagawa is thankful that the police took action, and she hopes that stalking cases will drop for other entertainers.