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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
convenience93 3rd-Feb-2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yesssss this exactly.
It's just how AKB even started. Their orginal fanbase are the otakus of akihabara after all. Not to discriminate all the pioneer fans but inevitably, it's that kinda fanbase that they have depended on their market on for years. Of course they have other fans now but inevitably, we all know where the majority of their sales come from. There's no point in lifting the love ban rule in that case, they might as well disband the entire group then.

The only solution I can think of is lift the love ban rule for the girls who are 20 and above. 20 is their official adult age after all, management should really leave the girls to make their own informed decisions about those matters then. I suppose though their justification of it then would be for standardisation and how the older girls should be an example to the younger ones, so it's difficult to give allowances to any of the girls really. Or so the management would say lol.

The industry itself is a mess. Everything in the entertainment industry is not just the girls in the japanese idol business. To people who are against it, there's nothing to do really other than just not supporting it then. Cause like it or not, in the entertainment biz, circumstances may differ according to industry/country but in the end, there's always something to give up. And if you're not ready to make these compromises or these sacrifices, then just don't get into it is all I can say.

And so people may think that miichan/rest of the 48girls are oppressed and what not. This view may be right, it may be wrong, it may be neither. There's no right answer to it really. But unfortunately, Miichan herself has shown her desire to stay in AKB. So what exactly is everyone trying to save her from if it's something she wants to do? Even if she's been brainwashed, it is still her informed choice, and there's really nothing anyone can do. That's really the end of the story.

I mean of course we could get rid of the idol business altogether so the girls can all have normal lives. But is that what they all really want?
mrwaffle 3rd-Feb-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Excellent post.
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