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Fans vote for leader of Japan girl group AKB48 after saw attack

Published on Jun 7, 2014 2:47 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Thousands of fans of Japanese girl group AKB48 gathered on Saturday for the results of a ballot on which member will lead the band for the next year amid tight security after two members were attacked by a man wielding a saw.

Organisers are to announce results of the popularity vote late Saturday at a football stadium in Tokyo as some 300 members were running for the top spot in one of the world's highest grossing acts.

Fans finished voting by Friday for the girl they want to lead the collective for the next year, using ballot slips only available with the purchase of their latest single.

The annual vote was overshadowed by last month's attack on two teenage members at one of the band's regular meet-the-fans events in Iwate, northern Japan.

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