TOKYO (AP) -- A man who slashed two members of the popular Japanese female pop group AKB48 last year has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Kyodo news service says that Satoru Umeta was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to attacking the two 19-year-old singers with a saw at a fan event in May in northeast Japan. A male staffer who tried to protect them was also injured. All three were hospitalized overnight.
According to Kyodo, the presiding judge said the 24-year-old Umeta attacked them because he was frustrated over not being able to find a job.
Established in 2005, AKB48 has a rotating cast of more than 90 young women, and affiliates across the country and in Indonesia, China and Taiwan.