Akb48 Resumes Akihabara Theater Performance under Tight Security Measure
The popular idol group AKB48, who had canceled their performances at the AKB48 Theater following the assault which occurred in Iwate on the 26th of last month, resumed performances of “Renai Kinshi Jorei” on the 2nd of June.
Until now, the security system in the AKB48 Theater consisted of 8 security staff, but this was increased to 17 security staff members on this day. 4 security guards and 2 metal detector gates with the same level settings as those found in airports were stationed by the entrance for when the doors were opened.
In the theater, the audience were asked to leave the first row of seats empty and to use the seats from the second row onwards. There was also iron railing along the vertical passages. To prevent anyone from easily getting up onto the stage, there were 4 security guards with batons stationed between the iron railing and the stage. Staff also kept watch and supervised from behind the last row of seats. Theater staff and security guards were stationed in front of the group’s dressing room to keep watch and to supervise.
The General Director of the AKB group, Minami Takahashi greeted the audience by saying “I apologize for the worry that we have caused. We will be resuming our performances at this Akihabara theater. We have asked for your cooperation and patience with the stage-passage being unable to be used, the presence of the metal detectors, and with this railing in the front row. But we’d like to start again today in this place. The reason this is a team A performance is because this is the team that Kawaei and Iriyama belong to. Under the current circumstances, we are missing members, but until the two girls return, we’ll do our best to defend this theater, so please, lend us your hand. I hope that you will continue to support the AKB48 group. Let’s have fun together. Thank you.”
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