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AKB48 Theater Manager Answers Questions Regarding Minami Minegishi's Scandal

posted by Aysohmay on 1 February, 2013 at 08:55 pm   ·   29 comments
AKB48 Theater Manager Answers Questions Regarding Minami Minegishi's Scandal

After AKB48 member Minami Minegishi's, demotion and shaved head became a hot topic, Tomonobu Tagasaki, AKB48's theater manager, answered several questions regarding the incident on his Google + page. Below is his full post:

Quote by Tomonobu Togasaki
We have received many opinions and questions from the fans regarding the video of Minegishi's apology. I would like to add further explanations since the management hasn't fully expressed their explanation to your questions.

□ Why did you have to stream a video like this?

When we were in a hurry preparing for the streaming and we have received a report that Minegishi really wants to apologize personally with her hair shaved. We felt how strong her will and feeling towards AKB48 was, so we decided to stream the video as we planned.

□ Was it necessary to shave her hair?

It wouldn't be necessary even if you ask if it was necessary or not. It was just that Minegishi really wanted to convey how strong her feeling was.

□ Did anybody stop her from shaving her hair?

I heard that when she came out from the make up room, she had already shaved her hair. It seems that the staff beside her did stop her. However, I heard that she said that people might think of her as a fool, but she really wanted to put her reflection into action, so she cut her bangs using scissors without losing control over herself.

□ Isn't it unfair that the punishment for each of the members who had scandals were different?

It would be better if we can establish the same rule. However, we are experiencing a dilemma because it is difficult to conceive a common rule since each member is under a different situation.
For example, a member had been warned many times, but did not listen to anyone and created a scandal.
There was also a member who wanted to pursue her dreams and was about to plan on graduating when a scandal about her was exposed.
There was also a member whose past was discovered.
There was also a member whose scandal was not exposed, but still had a huge rule violation.
Please do understand that we have to make decisions with consideration to many circumstances.

□ There was a photo of Minegishi, which has been uploaded on the internet, where she looked like she was having fun with the first generation members. Did she really reflect on her actions?

Before the rehearsals of the theater performance of Team B, I saw Minegishi who came to apologize with an exhausted expression on her face, so I can say that she has reflected on her actions. At the same time, it seemed like she was trying her best not to make people around her feel worried. I think that is the reason why the members of the same generation as her were encouraging Minegishi who was feeling depressed.

We, the managing team, would like to support the members who are trying their best to pursue their dreams by having continuous discussion with them.

Tomonobu Togasaki
AKB Group Theater General Manager

Minegishi's scandal has quickly become one of the most talked about stories on the internet, receiving attention from international news agencies such as BBC, ABC and The Guardian.

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  • Posted by loritalov · 508 Jpops · 3 years ago  


  • Posted by Xaffe · 75 Jpops · 19 shares · 3 years ago  

    They're so dramatic -_____- drama

  • Posted by uzumahyuuga · 337 Jpops · 4 shares · 3 years ago  

    Miichan really did reflect on her actions....

  • Posted by SiuWai · 8,975 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    u kidding me....why would Mi-chan do this.....stupid Japan medias

  • Posted by cusp · 111 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    It was their choice... they.. or she served to consequence.

  • Posted by Daiskesoracloud · 208 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Ppl saying the guy involved should take responsibility. Marriage and or apology?! Why should the guy have to marry her or take responsibility? She isn't a minor is she? Saying he's a bad guy because he's not standing by her side is really someone not connected with reality. One night stands and non committed relationships maybe taboo in Korea and Japan but its not like it doesn't happen.

  • Reply by sapphiresky  

    wtf marriage? lol. unless there's a proof that they had sex and Miichan end up getting pregnant, otherwise im not buying that shit.

  • Reply by Mia7Chan  

    because she was punished like this, and the guy don't do anything, the media just don't care about him... he's fine, and she's troubled...
    It's normal because they're from different agencies, and because he didn't have that kind of rule...

  • Posted by konekoningyou · 1,662 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    i think its because of all this overprotection from the audience and everything the media is censoring out is the reason why many people are shallow enough to judge artists/musicians in unnecessary ways. :/ messed up. especially about the part where one had to be punished because her past was discovered. why they make such a big deal of all this, it's like they're immature 12 year olds

  • Posted by okazakii · 1,930 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    alan is the best, bahaha

  • Posted by adi666adi · 74 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    don't blame akb48's official !! blame the dude (miichan boyfriend) because he has NO GUTS !!!! he should marry miichan if he's gentleman

  • Reply by sapphiresky  

    why the hell should he marry her? Did they have sex? Do you have any proof they did? Are you saying a girl and a guy cannot be friends, but only friends with benefits? It's fans like you that are blowing this entire thing out of proportion. He's only obliged to marry her if she's pregnant. But she's not.

  • Posted by lauren · 93 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    A lot of AKB48 do is kind of pervert. That's why, no dating policy is unfair and abusive. It's great that she spent the night with the guy she loved. And more he is beautiful.

  • Posted by okazakii · 1,930 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    i hope the akb48 rule maker gets some deth threat letters, this kind of news is annoying, and the "punishments" are cruel and unfair to the girls

  • Reply by sapphiresky  

    no they would not. why? because this rule has long existed. the man that made AKB48 did not invent this rule, he's simply marketing his franchise using an existing concept.

  • Posted by okazakii · 1,930 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    this is dumb, the company should lighten up a bit, and stay out of the girls' personal lives, that being said, all the perverted old japanese men should feel ashamed if they are mad at her. she is a human being and not property. she's not even my favorite member. i honestly think there are better hotter japanese women.

  • Posted by Bellasmatte · 1,792 Jpops · 237 shares · 3 years ago  

    I think this is just to much now. They are adults having an adult life! Its just sad that they have a no dating policy. But still, she knew that when she singed the contract. I just dont care anymore!

  • Posted by kagachi · 76,916 Jpops · 307 shares · 3 years ago  

    it's okay miichan i forgive u

  • Posted by Arisapockychan · 137 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Pleas can we just end it.. the No-dating policy is pretty eh... but really it's the media that is spilling everything ;/

  • Posted by squall41 · 56 Jpops · 9 shares · 3 years ago  

    the idol rulesz should change for good. Alot of the rules is unfair other than the other "48"


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