While AKB48 members have been silent since a crazed lunatic attacked Kawaei Rina and Iriyama Anna this past Sunday, AKB48’s Sashihara Rino has posted several tweets. The following is a translation of the tweets:
Thank you everyone for your encouraging messages. I have since e-mailed both of them. I was worried for all three of them but I am relieved when I heard they are recovering.
I do apologize for those who have been worried. I cannot forgive the attacker when I think of how he traumatized Ricchan, Annin and staff. Especially the fans that witnessed the incident. We do not want to lose any communication with fans because of this one person’s action.
I really love the warm, family-like feeling at handshake events. I know there will be increased security but I still want to have that warm feeling. I am eagerly waiting for the day when we can meet again in peace and chat with each other. I don’t know when the event will resume, or in what form, but it will be difficult if we lose this form of communication. I love idols, so I am really hoping that these handshakes, not just AKB but other similar events, will not be lost.”