I'm saying right now that this is Shuukan Bunshun, so take this article with a pinch of salt.
AKB48 Kasai Tomomi – Unable to wait until the graduation, the betrayal to her fans.
AKB48 Kasai Tomomi slept over at AKS’s president Mr.Kubota’s house (with evidence photos), Shukan Bunhun reports in upcoming issue of their magazine.
Let us introduce protagonists of this captivating story. The man is Kubota Yasushi, the head of AKB48 group’s management company AKS, great entrepreneur who created this enormous idol group from the ground. The heroine is Kasai Tomomi of AKB48, who has kept high popularity in the fandom. She recently made a headline with her revealing alleged child pornography Gravure photo, but anyway, she announced her graduation after that fuss. She is scheduled to graduate AKB48 on May 3rd and already wrapped up her final handshake session as a member of AKB48.
There is a reason why we haven’t reported AKB’s scandal for a while. After we reported Minegishi Minami’s sleepover or Kashiwagi Yuki’s Gokon Party with football players, the car numbers of our reporters were known to AKB’s members and staffs. They started being very cautious to us and it made our investigation a bit harder.
But of course, that was not enough to convince our reporters to give up.
Camping and staking out all day and night, we finally spotted Kasai Tomomi of AKB48.
“She is a member who is in charge of ‘stripping’. She was chosen for ad campaign of Peach John along with Kojima Haruna and Oshima Yuko. In short, she has appealing breasts and sexy body shape.”
A former member of AKB48 says, “The relationship between president Kubota and Kasai has been rumored for a long time. But of course, no one can’t dare to ask them about that. It has been one of taboo in AKB.”
Kubota is a son of billionaire.
His father runs a electronics components manufacturing company. As everybody knows, AKS is acronym of Akimoto, Kubota and Shiba. Akimoto is a producer of the project, Shiba takes care of management, and Kubota is in charge of financing.
He borrowed 2 billion JPY (20 million USD) from his father and founded a company called AKS.
Kubota is a president of AKS and a sponsor of AKKB48 project. He is a horse owner and own lots of race horses. Many of horses he owns have a word “Dragon” in their names.
We are not sure why, but his apartment – located in Meguro district, Tokyo – also has the 6 letters “DRAGON” in it’s name.
The apartment has three floors and mutual friends in the industry are living on each floor.
But this place is not his main home. His main home is located in Kobe, and he spends weekends there with his children and wife.
Kubota is usually very calm and gentle person, but has supreme power in AKB project. Once, AKB was about to cut all the dealing with one publisher because they made Kubota angry. People around him has no choice but just bitterly smile and say “You know, he is a spoiled brat. Once he gets mad, no one can handle him…. LOL”
But he has gentleman side, too.
He is called “Fruits Uncle” by AKB members.
“YasuKubo (Nickname of Mr.Kubota)” randomly shows up and give some stuffs to members and staffs. Like assorted choice of fruits or Yakiniku Bento that he buy at his favorite osh Yakiniku restaurant.
He goes shopping, having meals with members and many of members love him.” said a former staff of AKB48.
As we previously reported in 2010, Kubota allegedly had inappropriate relationship with his favorite member Shinoda Mariko, but the rumor of his relationship with Kasai started to be surfaced only a couple months after this previous report.
“It was around that time relation between Shinoda and Kasai started getting cold and they rarely talk to each other since then.” said the former staff.
This was three years ago from now. At that time, Kasai won 12th spot in the general election (2010) and selected for Media Senbatsu, but still not many people knew her.
About 5 or 6 years ago from now, she was an innocent girl. She didn’t have lots of money and was like a sweet baby. She was a sort of little sister type of girl. When she was at Gokon parties, she says things like “Honestly, I’m scared of men.” or “I haven’t had a boyfriend in my life.” yet, she pulls sleeves of men in a seductive manner. She was so cute.
She was living in Nakano district with her mom, who is a hairdresser. She love Disney Movies and used to say “Some day, I want to be a princess like her”.
Back then, when she commutes, she rides a pink bicycle to a station and hops on train.
“At the beginning, she wasn’t much pushed by management, but as time went by, she started radiating pheromones. Turning point for her came about 4 years ago. She acquired a habit of enjoying nightlife as she hung out with her seniors. That gradually transformed Kasai.”
The apartment where Kasai is living now cost 400 million yen (4 million USD) and is formerly a place where Mr.Kubota lived.
It’s equipped with private pool, sauna, gym, and concierge. It has 5 level of security locks as if it was a castle of tycoon. Her apartment is way more gorgeous than places where folks like Oshima YUko or Takahshi Minami are living.
“She wears huge sunglasses as if she is a celebrity, and shows no sense of apology when she came late. Sometimes she cancel handshake events or lessons at the last minute. But when it’s a final rehearsal, she was practicing at a place where everybody notices her, and cried like ‘No I can’t…’ ‘What should I do….’. A sympathy beggar. Many men easily fell in her trap and found her lovely.” said a person who works closely with AKB.
Despite the fuss her inappropriate image with Caucasian kid, Kasai is still enjoying thriving career, and it seems it’ll continue.
She is starring a midnight Drama series “Meshibana Deka Tachibana” from this April. She made a solo debut last December, and will release 2nd single on May.
“Many of juniors are puzzled. Why? She is not a type of person they can respect and there was that Gravure photo. She often ask juniors to have some sweets she received from fans and staffs. But because the way she talks to juniors is quite snobby, she isn’t liked by junior at all.
Until recently she had bullied Sashihara. She called Sashihara ‘Busu(ugly)’ and threw harsh words at her. ’You’re gross, go home!’
Kasai had bullied Sashihara togetehr with Itano, but now Itano has drifted away from Kasai.
Because she looks old for her age, some members are backstabbing her, calling her ‘(Age) Cheater’”
Some people doubt that Kubota is behind Kasai’s success.
“Before the shoot, she suddenly said she wants to go shopping. Of course we said ‘No, you can’t’
Then she took a cellphone out of her bag and called Mr.Kubota.
‘Hi~ It’s me~ They told I can’t go out~ Can you come here to pick me up?’
After a while, Mr.Kubota showed up and said “I will take her out. But you say ‘no’?”
No one could say ‘No’ to Mr.Kubota. And Kasai walked out with him. She acted as if she was a queen. Everyone at the scene was left speechless.” said a staff of AKB.
A journalist who covers AKB says ”3 years ago, when I asked ‘Which Johnny’s boy do you like?’, she said she has no interest in kids.
‘I like them older, like around 40.’
Back then, I thought she was joking.”
After we started the investigation, we soon spotted a car dropping and picking up Kasai in midnight. But they were keeping tight guard as we wrote at the beginning of this article.
On April 6th, we finally got a chance. On that day, Kasai attended a handshake event at Makuhari Messe. But she was actually staying at Mr.Kubota’s house until one hour before the event.
She was in hurry and despite trying to cover face with stole, her face was apparently recognizable.
When a former member of AKB48 saw this photo, she laughed and said “Fans are shaking hands with her, knowing nothing. I feel sorry for them LOL”
On Apirl 9th, finally our camera captured it all. A little past 10 PM, Kasai, after theater performance, briskly walked to a car and headed for Shibuya. The car turned left and right randomly, sometimes flashed hazard lights and stopped on road shoulder. It was an attempt to put reporters following them off track.
At 23:50, the president showed up in front of his house, looking around as he was talking with someone on a cellphone.
At 00:02, Kasai sneaked out from behind a power pole. She was in hoodie and talking with someone on a phone.
She looked around to make sure no one was watching her, and then walked to the president delightfully. The president carried her bag and they intimately went off to his house.
“Becasue Kasai is living with her sister, it’s convenient for both to meet at president’s house.”
It was 11 AM when she left his house. She headed for Hiroo by taxi. She was dressed in a floral patterned skirt, which means she even keep extra clothes at his house!?
This is the thing. We figured we must ask them more details on this even thought she will graduate soon.
We talked to her as she got on a car in front of her apartment, but she pretended she can’t hear anything we’re talking.
We then called Hori Production, Kasai’s agency.
They answered “We asked Kasai on the matter. She said she had meals with him, but never visited alone nor stayed a night at Mr.Kubota’s house.
We are not in charge of arranging a car for her, and leave it to AKS, but this is something ‘can’t be true’ for us, too.”
Okay, let’s ask Mr.Kubota. When we tried interviewing to him in front of his house, he didn’t stop and went off in his Ferrari. But later, he explained us on a phone.
-Are you in relationship with Kasai?
-Have you ever let her stay at your house?
“Never. AKB members are like my children. I know them since they were only 10 or 11.
She has visited my house, but didn’t stay for a long hours. Until morning? Or sleepover? That never happened. First floor is common space, and we have a recording studio in the building, so they sometimes come to practice singing, especially before recording for CDs. Plus we have chiropractic hospital, too. Not only her but all members living nearby visit the building.”
-But you seemed to have intimate dinner with Kasai
“Again, not only her but I have meals with all Senbatsu members in turn almost everyday.
I think I have meals with members about 300 days a year.
She is right before graduation, and have lots of things that she wants to talk about and ask advises on.
I had dinner with a member who is not Kasai, yesterday.
It’s natural that they have anxiety about their future.
And I think this means I’m the only person in current AKB who can consult and listen to them.”
At this point, we still haven’t revealed him that we took evidence photos of their sleepover.
Anyway, no matter what they say, the camera doesn’t lie. Our smashing camera captured the decisive evidence of taboo in Showbiz, “Having relationship with a product that he is dealing with”.
We’re wondering what kind of penalty Kasai and President will be given.
tl;dr: Chiyuu was papped at the president of AKS's house. Since he's AKS president, he's close with many AKB members, and often gets into 'scandals' with members. SB have used this as basis of an article to print a bunch or rumours about Chiyuu and present them as fact.
Some of it is well-known, like her often getting sick and cancelling events last minute. Some of it is BS, like that she wasn't pushed at first - she was basically no2 in TK after Yuko at the beginning.