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12:28 am - 02/14/2013

Porn debut by ex-AKB48 member Eri Takamatsu not as scandalous as sex in showbiz


Hot on the heels of a scandal involving an AKB48 member and a liaison with a dancer, a former member of the idol group last week released her adult video (AV) debut.

The contents of the disc, however, are not nearly as scandalous as her comments on her previous sexual encounters, says entertainment site Men’s Cyzo (Feb. 4).

Eri Takamatsu, 19, performs under the name Risa Tachibana in the Soft On Demand Create release (“Risa Tachibana: AV Debut”) that hit store shelves on February 7.

Takamatsu resigned from AKB48 in 2010 while at the trainee level.

The disc comes a week after the publication of photos of 20-year-old Minami Minegishi leaving the residence of a member of boy band Generations, which was notable since AKB48 has a strict policy prohibiting relationships with members of the opposite sex.

Speaking as Tachibana, she explains her motivations for appearing in the film in an interview contained on the 180-minute disc. “I do not have any positive memories regarding sex,” she says. “If I can become comfortable with sex it may change my views of men. My personality of turning my back (to people) may also change a little.”

Her negative views of intimacy and men go back to her first encounter. At the age of 17, a course of events led her to be taken to a love hotel by an older acquaintance she really did not know or care for. “He forced himself on me violently,” she says.

Men’s Cyzo uses the phrase “evil custom” to describe the experience, which an entertainment reporter says brings to mind the situation of the last ex-AKB48 member to release a porn disc, Rina Nakanishi.

Performing under the name Riko Yamaguchi, she debuted in 2010. At the time, she famously confessed to having sex, like Takamatsu, during her tenure as a member of AKB48. “At the age of 17, I had sex with an older man, a member of the entertainment industry,” she said.

The reporter says that AKB48′s prohibition on affection is total “nonsense” considering the inconsistencies involved. “There may be a ban on love, but sex is ok,” the source chuckles.

That is, sex with male members in showbiz. The reporter says that rising to the top through the “pillow trade,” or makura eigyo, is not dead in the entertainment industry.

“That evil custom is still firmly rooted in some ways in the business,” says the reporter. “AKB48 is not immune to the practice. Despite the no-boyfriends rule, it still exists, and the hypocrisy is extreme.”


ichigobanana 13th-Feb-2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
That has nothing to do with Miichan? :|
javilind 13th-Feb-2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
I hope they stop recalling Miichan's incident soon.
matchafrapucino 13th-Feb-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
So it's being implied that she's appearing in pornographic films to get over being sexually assaulted? I'm really confused.
asweetsymphony 13th-Feb-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Wait, someone forced himself on her... That's sexual assault. My goodness, I didn't know its that bad in Japan that girls don't even bother reporting these kind of things to the police. Hopefully, the police will start an investigation after this.
ceecile 13th-Feb-2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
That's everywhere though.
senshicalico 14th-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
Plus it's heavily implied it was somebody who could pull strings for her in her career. =\

So she was probably extra scared that it would destroy her career if she reported it.
taciturndream 14th-Feb-2013 03:53 am (UTC)
It would have been her word against his, the fact she went willingly, plus the end of her career at the time.
ttalktomesoftly 13th-Feb-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
She was sexually assaulted and in order to get over that she becomes an AV Actress?
inachan89 13th-Feb-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
What a horrible experience,did she report it?i guess not...
I don't get how AV will help her though,but her choice.

Edited at 2013-02-13 06:33 pm (UTC)
quailien 13th-Feb-2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
The f... There is something very wrong with all of this.
retahdedtim 13th-Feb-2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Did they really just refer to rape as an "evil custom"?
blazingeternity 13th-Feb-2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
As I understood the article, "evil custom" refers to the practise of having to sleep with influential showbiz people to get a chance in the industry.
My guess would be that Eri got talked into going to the hotel for the sake of her career without knowing of that "evil custom" and then got raped :(
taciturndream 14th-Feb-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
Or maybe she went knowing but didn't expect the man not to stop if she changed her mind. =/
monotuned 13th-Feb-2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
She looks a little like Tanimura Mitsuki!

And girl that is rape. I don't think it is ever a good idea to let someone with power have their way with you, no matter how famous you want to be (or it seems to be implied).

As for the method of getting over the incident, my brain can't quite wrap around it but well everyone has their own ways of recovery so whichever floats your boat.
wapiko 13th-Feb-2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
What a horrible reason to go into porn...

this poor girl.
blackdevil2722 13th-Feb-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
All the flaws w/ this article.

Eri was never even an official member of AKB48. She was merely an trainee, not even a popular one, which means those love-ban rules aren't quite strengthened for her (altho she really should know better. Her reason her quitting perhaps?)

#2: This girl is weird. In order to overcome your fear of sex with unknown men, you go out and have more sex with more unknown men? How what why i can't even

#3: I wish Miichan would stop getting dragged into every other article. :
myharu 13th-Feb-2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
In response to number 2: people cope with traumatic experiences differently, whether they are good (therapy) or bad (drugs, alcohol, etc) there's no reason to judge or shame her for her decision. One can only hope that she gets the proper help she needs in the near future.
45s 13th-Feb-2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Perfect response
burger 13th-Feb-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
I was hoping someone would say this.
senshicalico 14th-Feb-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I don't think it's a weird/strange reaction at all. Seems pretty normal from other women I know. It's about taking the power back on her sexuality.
uledy 14th-Feb-2013 01:05 am (UTC)
IA, hyper-sexuality is not uncommon behavior in survivors of sexual assault.
asth77 14th-Feb-2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
thank you.
kachuusha 14th-Feb-2013 01:37 am (UTC)
People cope with things differently than others. For example, I was sexually assaulted as a young child but due to my young age, I didn't know how bad it really was (but I didn't like it) and it wasn't until I was older that I realized how bad it was. I am not the hyper-sexual type and sex horrifies me though I can watch porn and not be affected (if it's not rape fantasy). Though, through recent therapy I had met somebody who was a rape victim and had slept around a lot more after her attack. It seems to be a bit common between rape victims depending on the type of person.
vvitchbaby 27th-Feb-2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
The article says she was just a trainee.

"altho she really should know better" are you saying she should have known better than to get sexually assaulted/raped?? because um... there's really no other way to understand this sentence.
myharu 13th-Feb-2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Although her reasons for becoming an av model is sad, I understand why someone who's been traumatized would have that sort of logic. I just hope she gets proper help. Also the entertainment industry needs some serious reform
annhh 13th-Feb-2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
harukakamiya 13th-Feb-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Judging all of you for judging Eri's coping method. We have no right to tell her that she is wrong for having sex with a bunch of men after being sexually assaulted/raped. It's how she deals with it, okay?
a_cheshire_grin 13th-Feb-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
baka_tenshi 13th-Feb-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
+ infinity
annhh 13th-Feb-2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
I think it would be different if it weren't "being documented"
umbrellaphone 13th-Feb-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
People may have no right to judge, but people's reactions are also not out of the ordinary since there's a possibility of this type of coping can inherently backfire w/o professional help. Therapy for rape is not emphasized enough in Japan.
emtqueen85 18th-Feb-2013 06:16 am (UTC)
Hypersexuality isn't healthy, though. Certainly not strange or uncommon, but not healthy. Neither is going into an industry where the likelihood of her being abused and assaulted again is disturbingly high (not to mention the risks of contracting a VD. Especially now that there is a mutated strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to all treatments). Preferably, therapy to deal with her PTSD and there are therapists that specialize in helping sexual assault victims work through the fear and lingering feelings of shame and guilt and be able to have healthy and active sex lives (if they so choose).

Would you be so defensive if Eri chose to abuse drugs and/or alcohol? Sex isn't necessarily any better a coping mechanism.
harukakamiya 18th-Feb-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh my GOD obviously I would much rather the girl have fucking sex than to abuse drugs or alcohol. Obviously she still needs help but to judge her for what's she doing as opposed to the latter options is still reason to judge people.
yuiluv 22nd-Feb-2013 07:46 pm (UTC)

The posters that judged her, considering what she said in that interview about her experience, should be slapped and beaten!

No one knows except her, and the assailant, what happened.

She doesn't deserve any cr@p from crummy posters who's morality is misguided and ignorant!
liime_arix 13th-Feb-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
This poor girl, I feel terrible that that happened to her. People have different ways of coping with what happened to them. Though I do worry for her going into the AV industry since it can negatively affect her. I hope she does get help though.
baka_tenshi 13th-Feb-2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
lol "evil custom" as though it was just some ~mistake~ that someone sexually assaulted her. fuck that noise.

oh i see we're already having some "BUT THAT'S NOT HOW YOU COPE WITH IT!!!" bullshit going on. anyway.

to be honest, i'm glad that she's taking charge of her sexuality like this and feels this is the best way to cope with it. that shows incredible strength on her part. ♥
lenra 13th-Feb-2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
citrine047 13th-Feb-2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
this whole story is so wrong in so many places, i cannot even begin to comprehend
kushina 13th-Feb-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm so confused but who am I to judge? Good luck to you. :(
dramaticsurgeon 13th-Feb-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough the one thing that stuck out the most for me in this article is the idea that the casting couch/"evil custom" is still common enough to have a name. That means it's happening more often than anyone wants to admit, and THAT'S truly frightening given the incredibly young age most of these girls start out.

From a psychological perspective I assume the choice to enter the porn industry might have something to do with the fact she controls it to an extent--she has power over what happens, where and when, and with whom. Perhaps a result of being so powerless in the previous situation. But, not my place to conjecture; her choice, and her right. I really hope people take her seriously and get her the sort of help she needs.

I'm more outraged by the fact some douche forced himself on an underage girl, and rather than investigate, they call it an "evil custom" and move on with life.
yukinoo13 14th-Feb-2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Can you change topic title,she's still not a AKB member,just a trainee?
retahdedtim 14th-Feb-2013 04:42 am (UTC)
asth77 14th-Feb-2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
goodbye22 14th-Feb-2013 07:51 am (UTC)
whoa whoa what
thats clearly rape.
winds_daichi 14th-Feb-2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
I know a girl who was raped when she was a little girl. She coped with it by becoming bulimic. After that, she started having suicidal thoughts. All that changed when she started actually talking about it. See? Everyone deals with things differently. Some people rise from a situation like hers with happiness, some misery. This is her happiness of dealing with it. Let's leave her alone about it. If this is what she wants to do, let her. I'm gonna just applaud her for even talking about it. Most girls don't even talk about it.

But, that is rape, but in Japan, even if you report it, the police aren't going to do much about it unfortunately.
stole_away 19th-Feb-2013 05:37 am (UTC)
stop bringing up miichan
stef_ipa 27th-Feb-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
can't believe they treat this rape/evil costume as an everyday thing, but get paranoid about some little matters

poor girl, because she was JUST A GIRL when it happen
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