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    As it is the case with many of Japan's popular musical artists, Anatashia's fans often send them gifts, one of which turned out not as harmless as it appeared.

    Anatashia are not a singing band; the six young men make up a dance troupe, marketed very similarly to the vocalist idol artists with choreographed routines, hip get-ups, and sugar-sweet looks, irresistible to teenage girls.

    They constantly get their share of fan mail and gifts, including a lot of stuffed animals. But one of the teddy bears they received was more than just a symbol for affection: it also contained a GPS tracker.

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    The group released the following statement on their official Twitter page:

    TWEET: Thank you all for the gifts you send us.

    However, we’re sad to inform you that inside a stuffed animal we received the other day, there was what we believe to be a GPS signal emitting device.

    As this is both malicious and dangerous, from now on we will be prohibiting fans from giving us stuffed animals. Thank you for your understanding.

    The intent seems to have been that the stuffed animal would end up either at the group’s practice studio or in one of the member’s homes, giving the fan a way of determining the location in order to stalk or surprise Anatashia’s members. In reaction to the news, several more scrupulous fans said that whoever gave the GPS-hiding stuffed animal should be blacklisted from all future performances and fan events, but its unclear whether the gift was mailed to the group (in which case the mailing address could be determined, and perhaps from it the sender’s identity) or if it was simply dropped into the present collection boxes that are often set up at live appearances by idols and idol-like performers.

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