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4:16 pm - 11/14/2012

Kasai Tomomi quits the One Month/10,000 Yen Challenge after 5 days, first in the show's history


It was revealed on the November 8th broadcast of TV Asahi's popular Ikinari! Ougon Densetsu segment, the "One Month/10,000 Yen Challenge" that AKB48's Kasai Tomomi had officially withdrawn from the competition. 

Kasai Tomomi, the first from AKB48 to take on the challenge, on the morning of the 5th day of "efficient living", said, "I'm going [home] to pick up some stuff and come back," but in fact did not come back, indicating her retirement. It is the first in the show's history and has become a shocking development.

The One Month/10,000 Yen Challenge is a popular segment where celebrities are given 10,000 yen (approximately 125 USD) to spend on food, gas, and water for a month. On the the last day the remaining money is counted and whoever has the most money wins. From the 18th [of October], the battle between Kasai, Comedy duo Heisei Nobushi Kobushi's Yoshimura Takashi and economic critic Morinaga Takurou unfolded. Kasai, like her competitors, brought her favorite things from home to decorate her new "efficient living" room to her style, and put on her own apron and was ready to display her ability, but from the first day she revealed, "I'm anxious...I've come prepared for the worst".

On the 5th day of the challenge, Kasai, who said to staff, "I'm going home to pick up some things," did not show up for the mid-competition tally or counting of the remaining money and ranking later that day, and did not return on the 6th day thereafter. On top of that, having missed the second tallying announcement on the 10th day, [Kasai] did not show up after agreeing to meet with the show on the 11th day and discuss her intention of staying. Because of this, her agency and the show decided after discussion that she would quit the segment.

On the 15th day tally announcement Yoshimura, after learning about Kasai giving up on the competition, said, "I came to this show with the intention of setting precendence but now it seems Kasai is the most unprecedented of us all. I'm surprised." Morinaga, appearing not to accept the shocking development, commented, "Kasai as our center being gone is not visually good. The two of us, Yoshimura and I, cannot handle this by ourselves. I didn't even get her motivation has weakened."

Yoshimura called out to Kasai, saying "You can always come back! We'll be waiting for you! It's OK, we're not mad. Just show yourself to somebody once please!", while Morinaga petitioned, "It says on the news online that if you lose you'll have to form a sub-unit with me? So please read up on that. Let's sing and dance together. If you come back, you can use as much money as you want. Yoshimura and I will shell out 2000 yen each. So please come back! And if you can't do that, then your signature, please..."

Due to Kasai's abandonment, the last half of the challenge, which is to be aired on the 15th [of November], will be a one-on-one battle between Yoshimura and Morinaga. The male one-on-one battle between Yoshimura, who's living it up on the riverbed has taken a toll on his body; and Morinaga, who's dream of meeting and dancing Heavy Rotation with Kasai should he defeat her was shattered therefore ruining his motivation, is airing Thursday nights at 7pm. (Digital Mainichi)

Kasai later posted an apology on her blog but is still being heavily criticized for her unprofessionalism by netizens and comedians alike on media networking sites.

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Translated by yours truly

Sorry if the translation is a little wonky, the sentences on the original article were way. too. long.
News is a few days old, but still, unbelievably unprofessional on her part.
There are other much more hardworking girls in AKB that could've completed the challenge with grace.
Yoshimura and Morinaga's comments were sweet tho.

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lelomew 14th-Nov-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Urgh. At least have the decency to talk to someone's face and tell them she's quitting, once and for all. Why should they have to pick up the pieces for the crap she chucked at them?
doujoushin 14th-Nov-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Wow. Totally would have thought she was more hardworking and devoted than that.
hina 14th-Nov-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I mentioned this in the last Kasai post, but I wonder if this was scripted. Chiyuu leaving the show has brought her more publicity than she's had in months, even if it's negative. Add to that the recent announcement of her solo single/photobook...
That said, it's true she can be flaky, and has a pretty weak body, so her leaving isn't totally unprecedented.
I just don't think that if Chiyuu was that unreliable, she'd have so much support from Aki-P, AKS and HoriPro.
liime_arix 14th-Nov-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I kinda agree, I don't think they'd let her leave if it meant they'd be losing out. Especially when two other idols completed it.
xkenbe 14th-Nov-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I thought she would go all the way to be honest. :(
xbrokenbabydoll 15th-Nov-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
There isn't a single reason that can possibly justify her unprofessional behavior. She didn't left the show, she disappeared from it without a word, I mean, think about the staff who had to wait for her and the producer. Extremely disappointed. I hope she'll suffer consequences. It's worst since she's an idol.
ifuckingluvya 15th-Nov-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
She is one of my favourites in AKB...but it really does reek unprofessionalism.

It's all right if she couldn't do it, but she should have talked it properly :/
myka551 15th-Nov-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
was watching this - pretty disappointing *sigh*
tomoeicemaiden 15th-Nov-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
I'd like to thank the mods for adding the tags; I completely forgot to add them myself T_T
sheix0 15th-Nov-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I think the intention of the show was to raise her popularity for the solo debut but then she quit so they went ahead anyway and push for her debut as damage control. That or the leave was scripted
Either way if you compare her to AKB who are known for their hard works, many senbatsu got hospitalized, kojiharu fainted on TV and members act like it was normal and more fainted or got sick without it being publicize. Jurina, a 15 yrs old got hospitalized and given indefinite times off but still came back before she recover. She even got an injured foot when they performed UZA for the first time. As a senior member as well, this look incredibly bad for Kasai and even other AKB members. The rumor of her being blacklist is still a rumor. Asahi posted news of her solo debut but this might affect how people see AKB and their credibility of going on this shows or other Asahi shows was a big deal only inside of AKB fandom, others didn't care but now the general public and Kasai's fans are angry.....what's more annoying is that lame ass excuse she gave about not being use to camera filming he.

Edited at 2012-11-15 02:05 am (UTC)
xxxratedcunt 15th-Nov-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
I love Kasai, she's one of my favorites when it comes to looks and voice; I dare to say that this whole 'scandal' is staged to push her popularity, especially with all the solo activities coming soon.

She's fragile when it comes to her health, that's the reason she rarely appears on handshakes events (or at least, that's the reason they say), and yeah, she's kinda famous for being a 'princess-like' girl...but hell, in case this wasn't staged for her popularity boost, it's a disappointment.

I'm pretty sure someone like Okaro or Moeno would totally finished this, putting the name of AKB on top proving how hardworking the girls are (and as I said, I really like Kasai, but not coming back and not having the bravery to say it in good). It would be understandable if she had a breakdown due of pressure or something, but what if that didn't happen?
blackdevil2722 15th-Nov-2012 03:39 am (UTC)
I really do adore Chiyuu, but I'm saddened by this incident. Even if it is to "push" her and get her more attention, it's just bad talk that'll stain her career and image. And worse if it wasn't even staged at all...:'(

I'm supporting her still though, but this taints her image for me.
calzonazos 15th-Nov-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
I...can't with people judging her this way. We don't know the exact circumstances but it's clear that she couldn't stand the situation anymore and left. I get that it's her job and all, but to expect a person to go through uncomfortable, stressful events, just for our entertaintment is kind of horrid. Entertainers should be allowed to take care of their mental health even if it means quitting something important. It's just, I don't like how everyone is screaming "OMG SO UNPROFESSIONAL", like she was such a diva for daring to quit. I hate how people consider that being in front of the cameras until you literally drop down is "professional". It's not.

I don't care that other people made it; everyone has different tolerance and ways of coping with stress and anxiety. Even in other jobs, if the amount of stress hits a certain point, there will always be a moment when someone will melt down and will be unable to finish because of it. Even if the others are more tired. Even if the others are more stressed out.
ohcrepe 15th-Nov-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
I think it's the fact that she went AWOL that irks people. If you wanna quit, say something; don't do a disappearing act.
bridgetothesky 15th-Nov-2012 05:38 am (UTC)
although there have been fans saying that this was completely scripted, sadly i dont think it was. ive been watching 1kagetsu 1man seigatsu for a suuper long time now and have seen the corner so many times and i really do think it was entirely kasai's fault in this one. I feel if it was scripted, they definetely would have done a better job with casting the rest to save the corner this time around. There have been cases where they have had 4 contestants at once, so if really they were planning to have kasai leave they probably would have started with 4 ppl so the show could actually continue to air with 4 episodes. Plus they definetely would have picked a better visual cast... nobukoshi yoshimura is fine, but morinaga isnt even a geinoujin, no one really knows nor cards about him. so if it was scripted they would have obviously picked a better cast to make up for her leaving. i think they on purposely chose a weak cast to help promote kasai since she was going to announce her debut around the time, which just makes it more shocking that she left. im also pretty sure they didnt do it to attract attention to the show since it is one of the most watched shows right now, plus with johnnys tama in it last time, the corner is on an all popular high right now, so it really doesn make sense they would drop a bomb on purpose all of a sudden. you can tell how the show was not prepared seeing how they had to add in random corners throughout the hour since there was not enough footage with just yoshimura n morinaga

wanst really surprised when i heard she bailed though. when they first announced she was doing it i was already pretty skeptical. well im not a akb fan n dont know much about kasai other then seeing her on variety so i cant really say. but what ive seen her on tousouchuu or sentouchuu or tore n other varieties she really does seem quite weak minded and very amai to herself. i dont know if its a character or not but it seems quite real. plus i hear that shes often late to akb events or doesnt show up kuz of her weak health.. duno just how weak she is, but i remember back in the day with momusu n johnnys n other idols sickness isnt really an excuse unless its like super bad or a longterm thing. and if she relly is that bad, she probably shouldn even be on urban varietys like tousouchuu n tore. shes lucky shes in akb where theres like million other girls to cover up her misses. either way i feel she really needs to stop being soft on herself n get herself together for her debut. an idol isnt easy to be, but she should have understood n been ready to accept the hardships that comes with it.
whited_79 15th-Nov-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
that's why I'm side-eyeing her solo many shady things going on too...if after this, TV Asahi blacklists her, I won't be surprised at all...
phililen3 15th-Nov-2012 08:52 am (UTC)
Girl NO and NO and JUST NO.
Don't be surprised if you have difficulty getting jobs in the future. What lack of professionalism...
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