Ex-pop idol sues Tokyo govt over fan attack

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A former pop idol seriously injured in an attack by a fan before a live music performance three years ago filed a damages lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday against the Tokyo metropolitan government as well as the attacker.

Claiming that the Metropolitan Police Department “failed to take necessary steps to protect” her even though she had told them she was in “imminent danger,” including the risk of death, Mayu Tomita and her mother are demanding a total of ¥76 million in damages from the metropolitan government, which supervises the MPD, and the convicted attacker, Tomohiro Iwazaki, 30.

In May 2016, Tomita, then a university student and singer, was stabbed in the neck, chest and elsewhere by Iwazaki near the entrance of a building in Koganei, western Tokyo, where she was scheduled to give a live performance.

Tomita was left unconscious in a critical condition after the attack. Iwazaki was sentenced to 14 years 6 months in prison.

According to a complaint, she told the MPD’s Musashino Police Station of her concerns about Iwazaki’s stalking behavior before the incident, but the police did not take any measures to protect her.

“I hope this trial will help prevent similar incidents,” Tomita said in a note disclosed at a press conference. She is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I regret trusting the police,” Tomita’s mother said at the same news conference.

The police have already admitted that they should have responded promptly to prevent the attack.

“We take seriously the fact that we were unable to prevent the incident despite being asked for support,” an official of the police department said. “We are working as one to prevent similar incidents.”Speech

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