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Actress/Singer Aya Ueto's Concert Gets Bomb Threat

posted on 2009-08-27 09:23 EDT
1st concert in 2 years for Azumi, Piano Forest's lead actress

Police in Tokyo Bay have asked the management of an event site to beef up security after a bomb threat was posted on the article for actress/singer Aya Ueto on the Wikipedia online encyclopedia. Police have begun an investigation on the possible charge of "interfering with business operations." The threat was titled, "I'll toss a hand grenade at the site of Aya Ueto's August 31 event." The threat continued with lines such as: "I will start a mass murder festival on the day of the live concert, and I will take down all the attendees."

The 23-year-old entertainer is holding a live "Happy Magic —Smile Miles Milesss~" concert on August 31 at the Zepp Tokyo site on the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. It will be Ueto's first live concert in about two years.

Aya Ueto is best known worldwide for playing the title role in the live-action film adaptations of Yu Koyama's Azumi historical action manga. She also starred in The Piano Forest anime film and the live-action television drama versions of the Ace wo Nerae! tennis manga and the Attack No. 1 volleyball manga. She dubbed the Japanese version of the live-action Speed Racer film's Trixie, and she will voice the main character Atom in the Japanese dub of IMAGI's computer-animated Astro Boy remake. Her Azumi director Ryuhei Kitamura cast her in "Baton," the animated film that marks the 150th anniversary of the Japanese city of Yokohama.

In addition to her acting career, Ueto performed the theme songs for Ace wo Nerae!, Attack No. 1, Konjiki no Gash Bell!! (Zatch Bell), and Nintama Rantarou. The anime production team for the Katekyo Hitman Reborn! action comedy television series created a music video with new footage for "Smile for…," the anime's ending theme song by Ueto.

A man was arrested last August for allegedly making a similar online anonymous threat — "I'll toss a hand grenade at the Comike site" — against the Comic Market (Comike) dōjinshi convention.

Source: Sankei Sports via Tokyograph


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