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Minegishi Minami attends a handshake event & once again apologizes to fans

On February 2nd, AKB48’s Minegishi Minami attended a handshake event held at Makuhari Messe. This was her first appearance in front of fans after shaving her head on January 31st because of a tabloid magazine’s report.

According to fans who attended the event, Minegishi appeared on the platform during afternoon, and said, ”I am extremely sorry for taking thoughtless action as an AKB48 member,” then bowed for about 15 seconds. Regarding her shaved head, she commented, “I did not do it to be forgiven. I wanted to regain everyone’s trust, and to start again from the beginning.

Reportedly, many fans who attended the handshake event, requested to the management, “We have felt Mii-chan’s good faith, so we request to take the YouTube video down.” When AKB group theater general manager Togasaki Tomonobu told Minegishi about the fans’ requests, she responded with, “I’m full of gratitude for the voices from the fans.” Considering the fans’ and Minegishi’s thoughts, Minegishi’s apology video that was posted on AKB48’s official YouTube channel has been taken down on the night of the 2nd.

On AKB48’s official blog, Togasaki commented, “Though Minegishi’s sense of apology will not disappear until she regains the trust from you fans, please continue to support Minegishi Minami, and AKB48.

Source: tokyohive
singlouder 3rd-Feb-2013 06:26 am (UTC)
I wonder if they actually took the video down because the fans asked them to do so, or if they took it down because the story's being reported in sources from all over the world and they're getting backlash.
tomoeicemaiden 3rd-Feb-2013 06:40 am (UTC)
I think it's most certainly the latter.
fictionitusxd 3rd-Feb-2013 07:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was on ABC News' website yesterday, and Perez Hilton today (But he's not a real news source, so don't attack me for that one XD)
nyappnyappcafe 3rd-Feb-2013 08:41 am (UTC)
BBC got word as well.
sekainostar 3rd-Feb-2013 09:56 am (UTC)
it was also on Italian news.
inachan89 3rd-Feb-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
I saw it too,they talked of chastity vote instead of no-dating rule lol
suzieeq_luv 3rd-Feb-2013 07:16 am (UTC)
for sure the latter
rim1789 3rd-Feb-2013 07:25 am (UTC)
Definitely the latter
shueisha 3rd-Feb-2013 08:39 am (UTC)
No doubt that it's the latter.
umbrellaphone 3rd-Feb-2013 10:20 am (UTC)
Likely the latter, but there was a tumblr going around to flag the video as "abusive of individual" or something like that.
tpavels 3rd-Feb-2013 11:26 am (UTC)
Do they care about world? Nope, their market is Japan and nearby Asian countries only. Others just forget about it faster then you think.
umbrellaphone 3rd-Feb-2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
Except the akb brand is being used for "cool Japan" tourism promotion.
mrwaffle 3rd-Feb-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Agreed, they (management, owners etc) don't care about the rest of the world. It was only about last year they even sold DVDs in places other than their Japan-only webshop. They know they have foreign fans, but they're such a small percentage it's just not important to them. The only reason they even travel overseas is because Japanese TV companies pay to make a TV special about it so they get kudos in Japan.
scarlet_erza 3rd-Feb-2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
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