Mayu Tomita was attacked in 2016. Photo: Twitter

Stabbed 60 times: Japanese pop idol Mayu Tomita sues police for inaction over obsessed fan, as stalking cases rise in the country

  • Tomita is seeking almost US$700,000 in damages over the 2016 attack, which she says happened because police had failed to take her reports seriously
  • The lawsuit comes as stalking incidents are on the rise in Japan, where the act is viewed as ‘not really a serious crime’, experts say
Topic |   Japan

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Mayu Tomita was attacked in 2016. Photo: Twitter
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.