Keyakizaka46 held a handshake event on June 24 at Makuhari Messe, but unfortunately that was interrupted by a man igniting a flare.
The Municipal Fire Department reported that fire extinguishers were used to quell the flames and no one was injured. According to Chibanishi Police Station, the man ignited the flare at the designated storage area. He was initially arrested under suspicion of violating established firearms laws, but once apprehended, he was found to be in possession of a paring knife*. Fans that attended the event claim the flare was thrown into one of the handshake lanes.
That part about the knife would prove important, as the fan who lit the flare later admitted to police that he wanted to stab and kill a member.
The man in question was identified as a 24-year-old unemployed man from Sapporo City. He revealed the female member he intended to harm, though her name has not been released publicly. “I wanted to stab and kill her,” he told officials.
Good lord, if there had to be a stereotype of the type of person that would do this, that description just fits perfectly. It’s unknown if this man was a fan or an anti or what.
This attack continues a disturbing trend of attacks that has grown more common of late between the saw attack on Kawaei Rina and Iriyama Anna, the stabbing of Tomita Mayu, and the burning of Tang Anqi.
At least nobody got hurt.
— まりお (@hide1103nana) June 24, 2017