Takahashi Minami spoke up for the first time today since her mother's arrest was exposed by Shukan Bunshun in early February.
In a post titled "This is Takahashi Minami" on no3b's official blog, she expressed gratitude towards supportive staff members and fans, and talked a little about what went through head since the incident.
Everyone - I am sorry that I waited this long to discuss this.
I have no excuses, and I am really sorry that I made everyone worry about me because of what happened.
And I am grateful for all the warm responses I received.
I did a lot of thinking this past week.
For instance, what should I do about this...
During times like these, if not for the supportive staff, the management, AKB members, and fans who sent me heart-warming messages, I would not be here today.
I know there are a lot of opinions.
I also can't help it, if some people think that it's better for me to not be in AKB.
But I want to stay.
After reading all the comments, letters, and after performing in the theater,
after all, I still want to be here.
One day, I will stand on my own and make my wish come true for everyone to see.
This is the best way for me to repay everyone's kindness.
I would be grateful and feel very fortunate if you will keep watching over me.
Thank you for your support.
-- Takahashi Minami
Here it is since, everyone was expecting management to ignore it.