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Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:26

AKB48 Handshake Event Attack Survivor Iriyama Anna Shares Her Story after 4 years

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AKB48 Handshake Event Attack Survivor Iriyama Anna has shared her story on Mexian media, it is her first time to share her horrible experience in four years. According to the interview, her head, right arm, right hand got injuries during the attack, and then was sent to emergency room.

Iriyama Anna said the attack left no trauma to her, but she admits she was scared of hearing people screaming or loud noise at the beginning recovery, and now she accepts it as a part of her life, however she said it is very likely she will not participate in handshake event or similar activities anymore.

While Iriyama Ranna was asked about her relationship with Kawaei Rina who was another victim of the attack, she said they had been a good friend before attack, and they become much closer after the attack. 

Iriyama Anna also talked about AKB48 fans' reaction, she received lot of negative comments from people and was asked to resign because she did not participate in group's event. Iriyama Anna even thought about not returning to stage and LIVE, but she got lot of support from Kawaei Rina, the staff, her friend, her family, the nurse, and her fans, which helped her to overcome and return to the stage.

At last, Iriyama Anna explained why she shared her story, because she wants to help the people who suffer the terrible experience like her: She had had several surgeries under general anesthesia, and received a lot of criticism, but she lives a happy life now. She just wants to tell those people not to push themselves too hard, continue with their own life and be strong.  

Iriyama Anna and Kawaei Rina were attacked during handshake event on 25 May 2014. A man Umeta Satoru disguised as an AKB48 fan and participated in the group's handshake event at Iwate Industrial Culture Centre, he took a foldable saw from his jacket, approached Iriyama Anna and Kawaei Rina, and attacked them. They were cut on their hands and face, and hospitalized overnight. 


Reference: Las Estrellas TV

Read 4135 times Last modified on Monday, 15 October 2018 07:54

4 comments

  • Comment Link Tuberose Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:02 posted by Tuberose

    She's a strong woman. I myself been thru an accident involving explosion and fire before, since then everytime I heard sth explode (be it balloon or plastic) I would jump. It still scared the shit out of me.

  • Comment Link Jsprite Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:29 posted by Jsprite

    Annin stuck around after that experience. Respect.

  • Comment Link Ray Monday, 15 October 2018 01:19 posted by Ray

    Annin's confession confirms what I have been suspecting, it makes me very angry: japanese people are extremely CRUEL with our beloved girls. The world media is very nasty with our 48G. I have watched dirty reports from various reporters, we hate those people. All our girls are a treasure we must support them every day.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Monday, 15 October 2018 06:15 posted by Tuberose

    ^Japanese? It's not the nationality tbh, it's the species called "obsessed fans" aka groupies aka sasaeng in Kpop.
    Kpop idols been threatened with bomb, been offered a cup of drink with glue in it (the idol actually drank it and hospitalized), been stalked and almost kidnapped and many many more. Many western musician were killed by their fan like John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Christina Grimmie. Even athlete like Escobar was killed by fan.

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