Minami Minegishi has been demoted to Research Student, I just found about this. Maybe it has something to do with this scandal, I don’t know http://www.tokyohive.com/2013/01/shukan-bunshun-reports-akb48s-minegishi-minami-spent-the-night-at-shirahama-alans-place/ . She’s a 1st Generation AKB48 Member, a regular senbatsu basically from the beginning and for reasons I can’t understand she’s always been kinda heavily push. Which is probably the reason she wasn’t fired or suspended, I think she’ll be back to a Team in few months. The only thing I’m worried about is the upcoming Senbatsu election, hopefully by then everything will all be forgiven and forgotten. I could never understand this no dating no boyfriend thing. Personally I couldn’t careless what she did in her personal life, has long as it doesn’t affect her performance in AKB48. Their’s been so many scandals lately, I’m sure they’re will be more. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or what, it was almost exactly 1 year ago today. That the Nacchan and Yonechan scandal happen. This scandal doesn’t change how I feel about her, she’s one of my favorite members, she’s still one of favorite members.
Here’s a video I don’t know what she’s saying, I don’t understand Japanese. It’s about her apologizing. As for her cutting her hair she said it’s was her decision, bullshit. As this video proves I don’t think it was I think she was giving a choice to leave the group or be humiliated. As this video is from official AKB48 youtube channel!. Video – http://www.youtube.com/user/AKB48?feature=watch .
Edit – The video has been taken down today (Feb.2), because during an AKB48 handshake event. Fans requested it. They took it down faster than they put it up, damn although in was painful to watch. I though she look kinda cute, with her shaved head.
I could say more about this, and what I don’t like. But, I don’t want to offend anyone.
Edit – It’s been a couple hours since I made that post, I’ve been reading what some had to say about it. Agreed or not (Liked or not) , I respect what some had some to say about it. Some say the punisiment was acceptable for the rule she broke, and made some good points. I don’t like it, but there’s alot of things I don’t understand when it somes to other culture. After reading some of other people comments maybe I was wrong about her, not cutting her own hair. Maybe it was her own decision, Look I made a big mistake. I’m punishing myself, please show some compassion. Maybe I don’t really know what the hell I’m writing about, I may not like it or a agree with it. When it comes to other culture, their’s just alot I don’t understand. I may not like it, but I will and can accept it.
I think the bottom line is as with anything else, and this as nothing to do with culture. It all comes down to money, they have these rules nothing more than to please the watos. And watos will buy anything and everthing if they like that member. Obcourse she would to be free any kind of scandal, like a virgin. For lack of a better word. I have said more than a few times I wish I wasn’t such a big AKB48 fan (I guess I could say this about any female J-Pop Idol group), I just don’t like some of the things the goes on. I always blame the management it’s not entirely their fault, it’s a business after all.