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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
xrninja 3rd-Feb-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Exactly. From the start Yukirin has chosen to live in adherence to her own traditional idol code — long black hair, no piercings, no dating, clean public image, fans first. I'm sure it's not easy and that maybe she wants to fall in love too, but she thinks that would be a distraction to her career goals right now and would be straying from what it means to be an "idol."

People will disagree with Yukirin's views and call her brainwashed and stupid but I respect her staunch dedication to her commitments and ambitions. Perhaps I'm the brainwashed one, but it's not so hard for me to believe that someone would be driven enough to willingly choose that lifestyle.
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