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6:37 pm - 01/31/2013

Minegishi Minami to be demoted into Kenkyusei (Research Student)

Regarding AKB48's Minegishi Minami scandal by Shunkan Bunshun earlier, it seems that the management already find the solution.

From tgsk’s G+:

About the issue involved Minegishi Minami, which was reported by the weekly magazine released today, as for the punishment we have decided as followed, so we would like to report it to the fans.
今回の報道により、ファンの皆さまに多大なるご迷惑をかけた峯岸みなみを、2013年2月1日付でAKB48 研究生に降格処分とする。
We will demote Minegishi Minami, who had caused many troubles to the fans from this issue, into research student (kenkyuusei) as the punishment from February 1, 2013.
In addition, I will report about the future activities some other time as soon as the details are decided.
Once again, I want to apologize to the fans for the sudden anouncement. I’d like to thank you all for the supports to AKB48 in the future.
AKB48劇場支配人 戸賀崎智信
AKB48 theater manager - Togasaki Tomonobu

Someone kindly link to the video translation. Source here.

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Seriously, it hurt so much to see Miichan in this condition. I think this is the first time she cut her hair. Well, congrats to Shunkan Bunshun for destroying her and Masuda Yuka's career in just a few months. And to think that Miichan is 1st generation member! T-T But at least she didn't graduate.... Miichan's fans, show your love to her in the next election!

Edit: Okay, I think this is too sweet to be ignored. 1st generation member (minus Kojima Haruna). Even Acchan's there! Apparently, Takamina also cut her hair (It is far more shorter than when she get haircut because her hair burned). Not sure about Acchan though, because I think she wear extension before, so I don't know her original hair length From Itano Tomomi's twitter

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bear100 31st-Jan-2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
She's giving me some Sinead O'Connor..

I know its the way things are, but im sick of guys in similar scandals getting off easy. (this is my main reason for despising male j-idols.) hope that guy publicly punishes himself and apologizes or something. i can't stand seeing miichan crying.
sakinah95 31st-Jan-2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
itskimbitches 31st-Jan-2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
she obviously is too attached to the group, like this is extreme. they need to help her. idk if this has ever happened before tho,how did she come to this conclusion? so many questions. when that girl from momoiro clover seemed to have had an eating disorder didn't management try to help her?management needs to help or her loved ones...
eevaleena 31st-Jan-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
I saw the pic on Tomo-chin twitter too. And I can't help but feeling 'awwwwww' seeing them supporting Mii-chan. I think that'w what Mii-chan needs most right now.
morganmichaelz 31st-Jan-2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
stupidity of the girls from idol groups never fails to amuse me.
hippoponic 31st-Jan-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
She accidentally got caught because she wore a wrong fucking shirt that day. Making a mistake doesn't make you stupid.
blackdevil2722 31st-Jan-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
I feel so heartbroken looking at Miichan like this. In an recent interview, TKMN says, and I quote, "As a human being, if you are living a normal life, it’s natural that you find someone who you love, and be in a relationship. Rather, it’s something that people around you encourage and support you. But if we are in a relationship with someone, it will never be welcomed and supported."

And such shit has happened so many times, to Nacchan, Yonechan, Yuttan, Sasshi...they even tried to pin Amina & Chikarina once too except it failed.

But at least Miichan isn't gone from AKB48. Shaving her head was extreme but since it was her own decision, and if it makes her feel better than okay. I miss her long hair but anyway, supporting her still <3
janeru_chan1993 31st-Jan-2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Getting some man loving and they demote her and she shaves off her hair. I'm not a fan of AKB and i dont follow them much but this is ridiculous. Yes, she's a first gen but public humiliation is too much. If that guy she literally gave the time of "night" has no punishment he was clearly a waste time and a waste of being demoted and shaving off her beautiful locks of hair. I'm wondering if the question "Was it worth it?" Roaming around in her mind :/

I'm getting tired of AKB scandals right and left. Can't they give them a break? Jeez.
asweetsymphony 31st-Jan-2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
How disgusting! As a woman, I feel disgusted on her behalf. This is nothing less than humiliating a woman for not being a pure virginal angel that her fans has made her up to be. SMH!
enorcsi 31st-Jan-2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
first the seppuku manager, now some head shaving
48family: serious business
yukinoo13 31st-Jan-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
hair will grown back so...
i will keep supporting you!!!!!!
taylorniw 31st-Jan-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Should have stood up for herself and just left.
hippoponic 31st-Jan-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
But she didn't want to leave? You only have so many options.
1gossip_girl 31st-Jan-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)

This is going too far...publicly humiliating a young woman for this Japan in the 21st century?

Japanese fans need to change their mindset about idol culture in Japan. Sure it is a business that is extremely lucrative but it IS also EXPLOITING. Whether it's male idol or female idol, the fans are the ones who are being exploited into supporting their idols thinking that these idols are forever belonged to their fans. Hence, the no dating and no marriage rules. And the idols are the ones who suffer the consequences. Idol fans need to change for this to stop.
contralilium 31st-Jan-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Such a scary situation...
mikarocker 31st-Jan-2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
I feel terrible watching this and seeing Miichan this way, she's one of my favorite members and she only gained more respect from me with this.

I'm just happy she isn't being forced to graduate, but the fact that this all happened may ruin her future chances at senbatsu unless the fans pool together and vote for her.

Edited at 2013-01-31 05:49 pm (UTC)
reii_chan 31st-Jan-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
This almost made me cry, she's just a young girl :(
kushina 31st-Jan-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Really distraught over this.. Minami is one of my favourites and for her to feel so ashamed and being punished is just.. incredibly upsetting.
ethereal_limbo 31st-Jan-2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
random but do u have a twitter. i've been thinking how u have a+ taste for liking the only worthwhile female naruto character.
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