03 June 2014
AKB48 Reopens Theater
After the attack on May 25th, AKB48 had closed its theater for a week and cancelled all planned shows. Now the theater has been reopened.
The first show was held on June 2nd by Takahashi Team A, the team to which the injured members Iriyama Anna and Kawaei Rina belong. Both are still on a break and did not appear at the show.
To protect the members AKB48 made several changes to its security system. Metal detectors were established at the theater entrance. The number of security staff was also increased and for the opening show 6 policemen from the local police station also were on lookout in the theater.
Additionally, a kind of fence was established between the audience and the stage. A new step for AKB48 who always put great importance into being "close" to their fans.
Also it seems that due to the attack fans have already lost one of the AKB48 Group's fan services: during the show on June 2 the members did not see off the fans with high fives as usual and it is questionable whether the high-fives will be introduced again any time soon.
Furthermore it was not possible to watch the show on the monitor in the lobby as it usually was because for now only people with a ticket to the specific show or those who are on the cancellation waiting list will be allowed into the lobby (I don't know whether this is just a temporary rule or one that applies to all shows from now on).
For the upcoming election and concert in Ajinomoto Stadium belongings will be checked and metal detectors used as well.