It seems a story coming straight out of a nightmare, as an obsessed fan went to dangerous extremes to show adulation or hate towards his icon. The 20- year-old Japanese idol singer Mayu Tomita has regained her consciousness after being stabbed by a 27-year-old stalker fan named Tomohiro Iwazaki.
The idol singer was at a venue in Tokyo for one of her appearances when the incident occurred. The suspect stabbed the singer over 20 times in areas like her chest, neck and back. Surprisingly, the singer even after the grave attack didn’t sustain any injuries in her internal organs. It is believed that Mayu made a distress call to Japan’s emergency number 110. The call records reveal her shouting, “You’re not supposed to be in here” and “Help!”, reported Rocket News 24.
The police arrested Tomohiro and he has confessed to the attacks. It looks like Tomohiro was left embarrassed when Tomita returned his gifts which included a wristwatch, reported Tokyo Reporter. Going back on the stalker’s social media pages, it was revealed that he had made statements like, “I liked Tomita. I wanted to marry her.” These statements were made four months before the attack.
Soon after the attack, Tomita was taken to the Intensive Care Unit and she is believed to have been recovering from the attack. Authorities at the hospital stated that her condition is now stable. The incident also raised a lot of questions on the administration of Tokyo Police. The emergency dispatcher failed to ask or verify Tomita’s location and sent the officers to her residence instead of the place of crime. Tomita had also informed Musashino Station Police about her apprehension regarding a “relentless stalker”. However, the officers did not seem to refer the case to any department.
This is not the only incident that has occurred in Japan with regards to crazy fans harming the popular stars. In 2014, members of idol group AKB48 were injured by a man who suddenly pulled out a serrated blade and started slashing at the young idols. The man was sentenced to six years in prison. In this case, Tomohiro Iwazaki is in police custody and is going through a psychological evaluation to ascertain the extent of his criminal culpability.
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