A man was reportedly arrested at a Keyakizaka46 handshake event held just outside of Tokyo this past Saturday after throwing a lit flare inside the convention center. After being apprehended by authorities, the man was found to have a pairing knife in his possession, and said he “wanted to stab and kill” one of the group’s members.
The handshake event, held in Chiba Prefecture’s Makuhari Messe convention center, was commemorating a recent release from the J-Pop outfit. According to news reports, attendees said that the man threw the flare into one of the lane’s where fans typically stand before meeting the idol to shake their hands.
Police identified the suspect as a 24-year-old man from Sapporo. Police did not reveal which member of Keyakizaka46 he threatened.
Idol handshake events have come under a lot of scrutiny over the past decade, particularly those organised by groups such as AKB48 and Nogizaka46. Handshake events — where fans normally get a ticket by buying a single, album or something else — have long been part of the Japanese entertainment industry.
Keyakizaka46 have been one of the most popular Japanese pop groups of 2017, with their singles topping various charts and the group appearing on various TV shows. Their first album comes out in the middle of July.
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