July 26th was AKB48's Team K captain Sayaka Akimoto's special birthday celebration performance at their theater. Reports surfaced that several Team K members pretended to have work elsewhere and skipped out on her celebration. One of these members include high profile Yuko Oshima who was rumored to have gone on a date with Eiji Wentz. Another member, Yui Yokoyama, went to a stone spa. Both girls seemed like they didn't want to support Akimoto's celebration.
AKB48's Team K
Sayaka Akimoto turned 24 on that day. It was customary for AKB48's teams to host a special celebration performance for members with a birthday. But a few of the core members from Team K failed to show up including Tomomi Itano, Ayaka Umeda, Yuko Oshima, Minami Minegishi, and Yui Yokoyama. The spots for these girls were replaced by Research Students. Interestingly reports appeared that Oshima did not have any other filming or recording activities. A worker at a restaurant told the press that Oshima had a dinner with Wentz. It has been rumored for a long time that Oshima and Wentz were dating. There were some that had said Oshima's mother approved of Wentz and thinks he is a very nice guy. But then the very next day, the restaurant worker changed what she reported and said that Oshima went with two female friends to the restaurant and it was not Wentz. Some netizens believed that she spoke too much and was scolded by her boss. But without doubt, Oshima was definitely free that day.
Sae Miyazawa, Jurina Matsui and Sayaka Akimoto
On the other hand, Yui Yokoyama went to a stone spa with Shizuka Oya of Team A. On that night at around 6pm, both of the girls uploaded pictures of them at the stone spa on their Google+, but it was quickly taken down. When the news got out, many people were quick to defend Oshima and Yokoyama. We should sympathize for each member as they have a busy schedule and it is not easy to go on holiday or have some personal time off.
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