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University student arrested after choking AKB48 fan to steal photos

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Police have arrested a 19-year-old male university student for allegedly choking an AKB48 fan in order to steal AKB48 photos at at hand-shaking event held by the group.

According to police, the suspect -- who cannot be named because he is a minor -- met a 19-year-old male student at an AKB48 hand-shaking event for fans at Tokyo Big Sight on April 7, TV Asahi reported. Police said the suspect offered to exchange photos of AKB48 and they went to a restroom. There, the suspect allegedly choked the other boy and took his photos.

Police said they found hundreds of AKB48 photos at the assailant's home.

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What a friggin idiot.

12 ( +10 / -0 )

Can't escape these 3 letters and 2 numbers. We are subjected to this nonsense even in the national news...

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Theseguys in Japan are getting more and more lame by the minute. AKB48????? These dudes are scared of rejection that's why they fantasize about being with high school girls. These dudes are weird.

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A psychological exam would be the order of the day.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

AKB48 handshaking and restroom....just a couple of words to tell the story!

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Yeah, so this entirely AKB's fault, right guys?

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These dudes are scared of rejection that's why they fantasize about being with high school girls

oh please, J high school girls have standards too.

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Geek...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

April7th? Today is May 21st right?

And did the guy die?

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These dudes are scared of rejection that's why they fantasize about being with high school girls.

He is just out of high school himself! If he went after a college senior, he would be right to be afraid of rejection, because he would be rejected, as women tend to reflexively stiff-arm males even a little bit younger.

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It's only a matter of time before crazed AKB fans act out their craziness. I'm surprised we haven't been hearing about more incidents like this.

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Is this the start of the AKBgeddon !?

Strange though, how a crazed fan chokes another, over AKB pictures .... I thought most male fans were content choking their chickens !

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"Let's exchange pics in the restroom"...that seems legit.

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Why were they exchanging AKB48 photos in the bathroom.... Seems like something gross was going on.

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my daughter is 8 years old and likes AKB too, but even she will comment on how 'sukebe' their film clips are.

Beginner where they ripped their arms off....Sakura no Ki ni Narou with their storyline that memories of a dead friend will follow you around no matter what and will stay by your side, Kaze wa Fuiteiru that's dedicated to tsunami victims and the girls dress up in funeral clothes, Flying Get with it's kungfu storyline, Give me five with it's drama about the struggling, bullies, dealing with invalid drunken parents and overcoming adversity through music, Ue Kara Mariko that's about a janken, or how in their Documentary Show Must Go On, the girls collapsed from heat stroke at their Seibu dome concert but still went out and keep singing or how happy the tsunami victims, especially the chidren were to see AKB48 and told them to do their best even tho these people just lost their homes...is totally...sukebe...........yeah......

People saying akb are teen girls....you know the ones that get promote (and at least 70% of the group) are all over 18, most 20, and the oldest is Shinoda Mariko at 26 right? Anyway any celeb have some extreme fans, these people are few in a thousand, millions...but then the foreigners here don't like AKB so w/e

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wow this made me laugh a lot, I don't think it's akb's fault, more just that these guy's were super otaku. i agree with the lady above. them girls work hard!

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The blame goes to the way they market those girls.

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he would be right to be afraid of rejection, because he would be rejected, as women tend to reflexively stiff-arm males even a little bit younger

I dont!!! ;)

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The problem here is that a guy choked another for pictures. The content hardly matters.

What I can't figure out is why anyone would decide that a 19 year old is a minor.

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The blame goes to the way they market those girls.

Yeah forget personal responsibility. Thats a thing of the past.

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Very " Stalker-ish " attitude the boy had !!! I guess it's better than taking pictures of trains.

Was the choking worth it ?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The complains about AKB48 are extremely inconsistent. Everyone looks at everyone else and always manages to find something to consider "depraved". Although it boggles my mind how a high school age girl in a skirt dancing got to be at that level. The pot is calling the kettle black, at the very least.

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wow omg! LOL i mean i love akb48 but im not that big of a fan lol! wow creepy freak otaku xD neet?

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Brainless act after so much education he had. WHAT A STUPID UNIVERSITY STUDENT!

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Haha crazy otaku. Was it really worth trying to choke someone else just for some photos?

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I'm OK with the choking part, but the stealing.....can't do that.

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Brainless act after so much education he had. WHAT A STUPID UNIVERSITY STUDENT

We are talking about a Japanese University student you know. AKB causes all sorts of idiotic behavior amongst folks here.

Here's a thought? Maybe sue AKB? (tongue in cheek)

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PATHETIC!!!

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Elvis, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, Marilyn Manson etc. Corrupting the minds of the youth and leading them into drug abuse, satanism, crime and promiscuity. To all responsible parents - lock up your offspring - it's AKB!

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Idiot First of all, He should get a better taste in music!

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LH 10 you too get a better taste on music!

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AKB's incredibly generic, it's a band from the 20th century when Backstreet Boys, Boyzone and Spice Girls were unbelievably popular. Why is it so popular in the first place? All the girls look the same anyway. It's not the group's fault that this happened, but how nuts Japanese fans are? I hear this happen a lot more often in Japan than in other countries (although there are some pretty nasty stories of American fans as well).

But personally to me AKB looks like your generic K-pop band, there are dozen of them, and they're all the same, so choose whatever you want - all thesongs are the same anyway.

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AKB48 is not about the music its about sex sells we all know that so lets stop talk about how great or not great they are, they stay in the spot like cause they want to be famous they sing for charity cause that is good pr the very next day they are taking photo in the undies. the business is to sell and get our money and the girls know this and exploit themselves for that fame, the fans are show a fantasy that no real girl (whom they could date) could live up to and the girl fans try to be like them dress like them. But its all fake and we as parents allow it, there music has no substance or any resale value so why buy into it.

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I second that Tamanegi, what happened to the victim? And yes, there's a long way from April 7th to May 21st.

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19 year old university student ..... a minor

I find it so strange that university students are minors.

they found hundreds of AKB48 photos at the assailant’s home

I take that back.

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The creepiness of your average otaku never fails to amaze me.

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AKB48 is not about the music its about sex sells

I attended a music class last week at a school. They played an AKB48 song and there were no pictures, videos or dancing and there certainly was not any sex.

Its not my type of music, but that does not mean a great many people cannot possibly like it.

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AKB rock. My best are Team B. i wish I had 100's of their photos.

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AKB causes all sorts of idiotic behavior amongst folks here.

Have to disagree. Unless they're pointing a weapon at you, they can't "cause" you to do a single thing. It's purely your choice and your responsibility.

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Pictures

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Imagine this happening in Canada or the USA with two 19 year old adult (as we enjoy calling them) females over a Justin Bieber photo. You can't can you? Neither can I.

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