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1:00 pm - 02/03/2013

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
scarlet_erza 3rd-Feb-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Everything had been regulated already but it only escalated because of western media who have no idea about the idol entertainment world and wrote poorly translated articles and people who make mountains out of molehills.

The rule was made for the girls. This way they can fully concentrate on their way to success. Also the whole concept of AKB wouldn't work if all of them were in a relationship.
The girls are fully aware of this rule. They knew about it when they started to audition. They accepted it when they joined.
AKB is not holding them back from having a relationship. They can graduate anytime and then have a relationship. No one is holding them back.

I think if Miichan (Minegishi Minami) wouldn't have shaved off her hair, this wouldn't even have escalated this far. It made people think she was pressured or forced to do it and then they made up various stupid stories.
Media used this opportunity to make Japan look crazy again and people could nag at AKB again.

People really love trying to form everything the way they see it.

The way this turned out is so sad. I only hope people forget about it sometime soon.

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