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Eye reflection stalker who assaulted idol says he 'would like to do everything he can' for her

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

On Sept 1, an idol singer was attacked while returning to her condominium in Tokyo. As she was about to enter her home, an assailant came up from behind and pushed her through the doorway and into the entryway. He then pulled her to the ground, gagged her with a towel, and groped her, inflicting physical injuries that took one week to heal.

The man, a then-26-year-old obsessed fan named Hibiki Sato, was taken into custody by the police, who learned that he lived in Saitama City, some 30 kilometers from the victim’s home in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward. Since dangerous fans are a major safety concern for idol singers in Japan, most performers and their talent agencies keep their home addresses a tightly guarded secret, but Sato said he’d been able to determine where his target lived by looking at selfies she’d posted on social media, specifically by looking at the reflection in her eyes of the surrounding scenery in outdoor shots. From that he was able to discern which station she commuted from, and with that knowledge he lay in wait on the night of the attack until he spotted the idol, then followed her home.

Sato’s conviction was a foregone conclusion, and on Feb 19, both the prosecution and defense made their final pre-sentencing statements to presiding judge Goichi Nishino in Tokyo district court. The prosecution is seeking a prison sentence of five years, saying that Sato’s actions “are beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable fan behavior.” The defense, meanwhile, is requesting that Sato be punished with probation, but no jail time.

Sato himself also spoke at the hearing, saying: “My actions in this incident have damaged [the victim’s] idol activities, of course, and also her daily way of life. I would like to do everything I can for the victim.”

Ordinarily, an offer to provide any assistance or comfort possible to the victim of a violent crime would be a compassionate gesture, but it’s a little less admirable when the one making the offer is the person who committed the crime, and especially so when the crime involves respecting neither the sanctity of the victim’s body or home. As such, it seems unlikely that Sato’s words will earn him any extra clemency from Nishino, who is scheduled to hand down his sentence on Feb 26.

Source: Rakuten Infoseek News via Otakomu

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This sick, violent and perverted creep needs to be taken out of society - permanently.

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Make a great private eye, perhaps needs to start his own training business, obviously he was able to find this gal with just studying the eyes, a much better expert analyst skills than what is posted by real so called experts who can't find a missile silo if it bit them.

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Its a sad story all around. Its hard to know if this guy was born mental or if this society's lack of social training on how to get a real girlfriend is to blame for the frustration that twisted him to this act.

At any rate, its clear the idol industry is taking advantage of the extreme frustration of the Japanese male population here and putting their female employees at risk, even going the extra step of not allowing them to have boyfriends who might 1) make some guys accept that they are not available and 2) increase the odds they won't be caught alone.

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Sato himself also spoke at the hearing, saying: “I would like to do everything I can for the victim.”

That's good, but only if he does it from a distance. A very long distance.

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I pushed you, groped you,

Had all my hands on you, abused you.

But it’s okay now.

I reflected on my actions.

I’m sorry.

I’ll pay for the medical bills and rehabilitation.

Give you gifts, whatever you need.

I’ll be in your life as long as it takes to atone myself.

we okay?


yeah, that makes perfect sense .(sarcastic)

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Sato himself also spoke at the hearing, saying: “My actions in this incident have damaged [the victim’s] idol activities, of course, and also her daily way of life. I would like to do everything I can for the victim.”

You can start by getting lost. Very lost. Like middle of the jungle in a foreign country lost.

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