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Woman arrested after sending over 200 fan letters to rocker

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A 37-year-old woman has been arrested for violating anti-stalker laws after sending 209 "fan" letters to former ROGUE rock band singer Atsushi Okuno between Dec 3 and Dec 10.

Okuno, 50, has been confined to a wheelchair since an accident at a construction site in 2008 and now divides his time as an actor, singer and author.

The suspect, identified as Yumi Ishida, was quoted by police as saying, "I am the ultimate loyal and devoted fan. I felt truly connected to Okuda-san through my letters," TV Asahi reported.

Police said Ishida had been arrested in September for sending nearly 30,000 emails to Okuno since July 2012. She was fined and issued a written notice to cease and desist.

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I demand they release her. Whats wrong in sending fan letters? Major celebrities get over 200 emails daily.

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But 200 letters in a week? He's probably just tired of cleaning out his post box every day.

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This is the same woman who was arrested in September this year for sending 30,000 fan letters (e-mails) to Atsushi Okuno.

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/news/130905/crm13090520290011-n1.htm

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Try the I-don't-remember-doing-that excuse.

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I wonder can 200 harassing FB posts get one arrested?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

At first I thought 200 was harmless but now that I've read that it was 200 in a week and 30,000 emails up to September I think she needs to be put on a rocket to the moon.

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They needed their first arrest, funny its a woman not a man considering that all stalking crimes and follow up attacks have been committed my men in Japan. I am also wondering how many mails is considered stalking, or to who exactly these mails shouldn't be addressed to, but again laws here are vague enough so that cops make the choices weather they arrest you or not!

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"Whats wrong in sending fan letters? "

You don't see anything wrong with sending 209 letters to a single addressee over the course of 7 days? That's almost 30 letters per day. That's not normal "fan mail." That's bats#it insane and tantamount to harassment.

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the difference is hikkifan17, that major celebreties don't usually get 200 letters from the same person in a week. and this was after she was fined for sending 30,000 emails to him in 4 months. it's not like she sent them to his talent agent or fan club, she sent it to his house. even celebrities are entitled to privacy at home. plus she was asked to stop. if you are a true fan, you wouldn't want to do anything to hurt the one you admire.

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People are weird. What might be a better punishment, since she likes to write, have her write letters to children who are in a hospital. Have her write political letters to get stuff done! There is such a need for a person with such passion for writing! Given that, 30,000 emails in one week! She needs a cat! Something that will both distract her and keep her up at the oddest of hours. She can create an account for her cat, and send the cat 30 thousand emails.

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That's a lot of stamps at ¥80 each letter?

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I demand they release her. Whats wrong in sending fan letters? Major celebrities get over 200 emails daily.

So if you don't think that is wrong, how many letters per week do you send to Hikaru Utada?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The poor women needs psychiatric help.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I am the ultimate loyal and devoted fan...

Yes, you are a truly committed fan.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

She has a problem but what I want to know is how she moistens all those stamps. Must drink a lot of water.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

In a crazy way, you have to respect a fan that still worships a 50-year-old disabled man that used to be in an obscure rock-band decades ago! 30,000 emails is a bit much however...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Hawkeye, they were lovingly licked from various angles.

I do hope they just put the young lass in a hospital cos it does seem that this is the best solution.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

You'd think she'd run out of things to say after 200 letters consisting of one-way conversation....unless she's hearing "voices".

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I can sort of understand the uniqueness & fascination with Japanese Rockers,

I saw the Osaka Rockers: Babylon Breakers, Otonana Trio, Ripper, and SinGerbera when they toured Texas in October.

And as anticipated and fascinated as I was to see them perform live, I certainly couldnt imagine flooding their Fan Mail with 209 Letters in just 7 Days asking "When are y'all coming back to Houston?" - over and over again.

But Wow - The Japanese Rockers can really ROCK!

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It is a given that this woman is obsessive and creepy but can sending over 200 fan letters in a week really be considered "stalking"? I just don't see the threat in that. She isn't standing outside his house every day or following him from place to place. Even the tens of thousands of emails since 2012 is not in itself threatening. I have to think that there must be more to this story. There must have been something in the emails and letters that was threatening to Okuno. I think this story leaves out the logical question of the content of the correspondence. Where is the reporting on that?

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I am the ultimate loyal and devoted fan. I felt truly connected to Okuda-san through my letters.

She is very sure of herself, has no illusions whatsoever. Hehe

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I agree with Wolfpack. I don't see it as "stalking" either, with only the information given in this story. Yes, it is quite annoying to receive that many letters and emails, but that in and of itself doesn't seem threatening. There really must have been something threatening in the content.

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I don´t see sending letters by mail is "stalking" either, and if spam in the Mailbox is a crime now, could accuse Dominos Pizza and similar chain shops of stalking me.

And since she is paying the postage for this, this crime will eventually punish itself. Really, this is an over-reaction.

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Shes needs to be evaluated. There is a difference in being a fan and being a stalker, and she definitely crossed the line.

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hikkifan: "I demand they release her. Whats wrong in sending fan letters? Major celebrities get over 200 emails daily."

First off, it wasn't 200 emails, it was 200 letters... in less than a week. The emails total more than 30,000 in a short period. The bottom line is that she was ordered, from a previous arrest, to cease and desist and she did not obey the law.

WilliB: "I don´t see sending letters by mail is "stalking" either, and if spam in the Mailbox is a crime now, could accuse Dominos Pizza and similar chain shops of stalking me."

You honestly can't understand the difference between mass emails from Dominos or Rakuten or whatever to tens of thousands of people and one person declaring him/herself the 'ultimate fan' and targeting a specific person? At the very least it's harassment, and like I said she broke the cease and desist order, so it's not that big an overreaction at all.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I'm sure the Parcel Service enjoyed the extra revenue but damn that's far too many letters. I can't understand how she could feel "truly connected" with him through 200 one sided letters. crazies be crazy.

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Why didn't she tell them she was drunk and couldn't remember? She could just explain the meant to only write the one, but kept forgetting writing the letter, so she kept writing one more.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Shes obviously insane. Not your average fan. They needed to arrest her.

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its wonderful the woman was in love with, i dont see any problem, I think the police found no other work to do

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Okuno is on wheel chair, the article revealed. This woman;s e-mails and letters must be disrupting his business and daily life. She needs some kind of psychiatric care in a nut house hospital. Imagine a crippled man who has to dig around e-mails to find work relaqted e-mails and letters.

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Can they please arrest the scumbags sending me Cartier jewelry emails ten times a day and especially the twat jamming my mailbox full of offers to buy my condo

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I have a funny story about a phone call I received while shopping at Costco one evening... Now I know why...

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