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AKB48's Minami Minegishi Demoted To Trainee, Shaves Head As Punishment For Scandal

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posted by Aysohmay on 31 January, 2013 at 01:49 pm   ·   125 comments
AKB48's Minami Minegishi Demoted To Trainee, Shaves Head As Punishment For Scandal

AKB48 member Minami Minegashi has been demoted to trainee status in AKB48 after a sex scandal involving her and GENERATIONS' Alan Shirahama came to light yesterday in the publication Shukan Bunshun.

Togasaki Tomonobu, AKB48's theater manager, made the announcement on his Google + page, stating, "We had decided to demote Minami Minegishi to become a member of team Trainee as her punishment for causing nuisance to the fans because of this scandal. This demotion will take effect on February 1, 2013. Moreover, we will give more information about her schedule as soon as details have been decided."

Minegashi recorded a YouTube video apologizing to fans for being involved in a sex scandal. Immediately noticeable is the fact that the idol's hair has been shaved off. The singer shares that she did this herself as punishment for the scandal.

"It was a thoughtless act and I was completely lacking self-awareness as a senior member of AKB48...Although I didn't think I would be forgiven for doing this, the first thought that went through my head was 'I don't want to leave AKB48'. This is a place where I've blossomed together with my dear group mates, and it's unimaginable to even think about leaving the group," Minegashi stated.

According to a report from Shukan Bunshun, Minegashi made a late night visit to Shirahama's house on January 17th. The idol spent the night with him, leaving the next morning with a mask on to try to conceal her identity.

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Comments

  • Posted by lilkitten · 223 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    lilkitten

    Poor thing :( she needs to quit this group, the owners are just pathetic for doing this to her

  • Posted by saitokeiko · 17 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    saitokeiko

    I don't really care what she did, and I know eryone says they are right to do what they want in their private life but Asia in general is like that, they are so overly possesive with their idols, it's insane :/

  • Posted by Topazio · 27,218 Jpops · 62 shares · 2 years ago  
    Topazio
  • Posted by xeus · 32,161 Jpops · 2 shares · 2 years ago  
    xeus

    I kinda feel sorry for these people.. It's like their right to have any sort of personal relationship is taken away the moment they sign their names on those papers. They're human too, free to love and be loved and what they do on their own personal time is their business..

  • Posted by simpy3 · 8 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    simpy3

    She's 20 years old, what she does in her private life should be personal to her, no matter what any contract has said.

  • Posted by jetcannon · 14 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    jetcannon

    Feel sad for her, but she's still cute ~_~

  • Posted by xXxAleiusxXx · 374 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    xXxAleiusxXx

    Obviously no person on the planet can survive without some form or interaction of "love" and whatnot. I'm not saying that what she did was right or wrong, it's up to her and only her. People do stupid things, we all do, so get over it. Plus, did you really think that ALL of the members will follow the dating contract/rule? I'm quite sure you didn't follow your parents rule about dating until you're a certain age either. What's done has been done, get over it. Keep supporting or keep hating. It's not like their there (literally infront of you) to even give a crap in the first place. One fan is one fan. It's a win or lose world.

  • Posted by SHINEEMINHO · 108 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    SHINEEMINHO

    I KINDA THINK ITS HER FALT I DONT HATE HER ITS JUST ITS HER FAULT AND AT LEAST SHE SHOWED HER TRUE APOLIGY BY SHAVING HER HEAD AND THE NO DATING POLICY IS RESIONABLE BECASUSE THEY COULD GET DESTARTED OUT OF THE GROUP THEN MOVE ON SO I SUPPORT HER BUT IT IS HER FAULT I MEAN IM SURE SHE SIGNED A CONTRACT

  • Reply by SHINEEMINHO  
    SHINEEMINHO

    AND BY "DESTARTED" I MEANT DESTACTED

  • Posted by eunnah · 971 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    eunnah

    oh my god! why does she have to shave her hair!!!!

  • Posted by Britt1110 · 2,793 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    Britt1110

    Aww she didn't have to punish herself... Especially like that. I wonder if they would even allower her out of a trainee spot because of her apearence now...?

  • Posted by gaijinhasine · 108 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    gaijinhasine

    REMOVED - SPAM

  • Posted by SiuWai · 8,832 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    SiuWai

    Shukan Bunshun...you again, u moron.....Akimoto-sensei pay u 1 billion yen to shut \ur freaking mouth yet, u moron keeps making stupid reports. Everyone works in Shukan Bunshun are going to hell !!!!

  • Posted by SiuWai · 8,832 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    SiuWai

    Mi-chan I support you!

  • Posted by ChrisTaran · 67 Jpops · 7 shares · 2 years ago  
    ChrisTaran

    Uhhhh. This is all very insane. From every angle.

  • Posted by adi666adi · 74 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    adi666adi

    this is shock me.. why miichan go this far ?! fxck that dude he must take responsibility for this !!!!! that dude should marry miichan if he's gentleman !!

  • Posted by lauren · 242 Jpops · 2 years ago  
    lauren

    No dating policy is stupid.

  • Posted by beatus · 241 Jpops · 81 shares · 2 years ago  
    beatus

    Well... at least she's still a with them? :/ idk.
    But anyway. The guy is such an ass. Could he at least stand up for her a bit? -_- Just because he got off with it scot-free.

    I wonder...will it be possible for her to be promoted back at a later point in time?

  • Reply by love323able  
    love323able

    what excatly do you want him to apologize for?
    for the girl shaving her own head. or for her company having stupid rules like that?

  • Posted by kagachi · 76,616 Jpops · 298 shares · 2 years ago  
    kagachi

    it's okay miichan. it's okay

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