Hokkaido police recently arrested an 18 year old unemployed man who posed as a cameraman at a recent AKB48 handshake event in Sapporo on May 15th. The man somehow managed to get hold of an armband and identity card of a media firm who were filming the event and even brought a video camera to shoot some footage. He mingled with genuine TV cameramen. However suspicions were raised by AKB48 staff when the man was caught filming for a couple of hours even though the rest of the media had left as they were only supposed to shoot the first 5 mins of the handshake event. Although at first AKB48 staff thought he might be a overenthusiastic fan, they soon changed their minds thinking he could be part of an organised crime gang shooting footage that they could sell illegally. The police were soon called and the man was arrested. It could have been more serious had the man actually grabbed one of the girls but thankfully that didn’t happen. I’m sure some of you know about the infamous video footage that was taken illegally of Morning Musume members on the toilet and being followed that was sold on the net some years ago. OK, so this man wasn’t doing anything quite as bad as that but AKB48 staff have to be on their guard at all times.