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2016-05-24 10:28

Tokyo - A part-time Japanese pop singer is in a coma after being stabbed about 20 times by a fan near a concert site, police said on Monday.

They said a suspect has been arrested and admitted that he intended to kill 20-year-old Mayu Tomita.

Japanese news reports said the suspect, Tomohiro Iwazaki, was angry because the singer had returned a gift that he had given her.

Tomita, who is also a collegee student, had reported to police that she was being harassed by Iwazaki on social media.

Police officers investigate the area where a Japanese pop star was stabbed by a man in Koganei in Tokyo. (Kazuhiko Yamashita/Kyodo News via AP)

Police said Tomita was stabbed with a knife about 20 times in the attack on Saturday in western Tokyo.

In 2014, two members of the AKB48 girls' group were knifed by a fan. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

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