AKB48′s Minami Minegishi’s Sex Shaving “Shamed Japan”

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Remorseful and freshly shorn AKB48 idol Minami Minegishi has generated yet more controversy in Japan and beyond, with the international media castigating the Japanese for their shameful treatment of the girl and with Japanese castigating her for making the rest of the world think her antics are somehow considered normal or reasonable by the majority of Japanese.

Her humiliation and apology were widely reported in the international media, no doubt in no small part due to her striking new look and the fact her tearful apology was posted on YouTube, sparking some .

One representative if uncritical piece from the BBC explains, also touching upon the criticism she has attracted in Japan:

Minegishi’s apology came hours after a tabloid newspaper published photographs of her leaving the apartment of her boyfriend, Alan Shirahama, a dancer in a boy band.

In the video posted on AKB48′s official website, she said she had made the decision to shave off her long hair to show contrition for her “thoughtless and immature” actions.

“I don’t believe just doing this means I can be forgiven for what I did, but the first thing I thought was that I don’t want to quit AKB48,” she said.

At times sobbing and bowing her head during the nearly four-minute-long video, she also said: “If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band. Everything I did is entirely my fault. I am so sorry.”

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The condition for being part of such a successful act is that the girls must not date boys, so as not to shatter their fans’ illusions.

AKB48′s management office said Minegishi had been demoted to a trainee team as punishment “for causing a nuisance to the fans”.

But author and critic Hiroki Azuma said it was “disgusting” that the star felt she should resort to a traditional act of contrition when the only rules she had broken were those of her band’s.

Some fans and commentators say Minegishi went too far with her public apology, and that it was unnecessary.

“What’s the point of this public execution show? It’s like something from the war or a totalitarian state,” one fan said on Twitter.

Most Japanese seem to have recoiled from such an extreme act of contrition (not least at a missive from one of her fans decrying her “betrayal”), but the reaction she has provoked from an even more perturbed overseas audience has inspired yet more criticism from Japanese concerned about being made to look a bunch of crazies by AKB48′s antics:

“This bitch knew this would happen if she put it on YouTube yet did it anyway and shamed Japan in the process!”

“Look, I bet nobody told her to do this…”

“Just getting busted for spending a night with her boyfriend really blew up this time…”

“The only crazies involved in this are her fans. Don’t blame it on Japan.”

“Any normal Japanese person is just as shocked as they are.”

“Most Japanese have never even heard of her!”

“She just did it to garner attention.”

“If it wasn’t apparent from the ‘hand-bra’ stunt, it should be very clear now that the promotion of AKB48 is reliant on generating mass media controversy through sensational stories like this.”

“Those foreigners think someone made her do it!”

“Blame it on her. She should have been fired, instead she shaved herself to try and keep her job.”

“I don’t believe for a second she decided to do this herself. Her management violated her rights and the whole group should frankly be disbanded.”

“It is upsetting to think that overseas something like this is presented as a Japanese idol.”

“We’re not saying they can’t date or have sex. That’s their own rule, you stupid filthy hairy barbarians.”

“Catholic priests take the same vows, I don’t want to hear criticism of this from the west!”

“Westerners ought to concentrate on criticising Islam’s treatment of women, not some stupid variety show.”

“Foreigners won’t understand the whole sham-romance aspect of a group like this, they are more similar to the hostess industry than they are to a conventional music group.”

“I wish these overseas reports would actually mention the whole sordid business of them selling handshaking event tickets.”

“Hurry up and realise the whole thing is just another aspect of their performance.”

“Japanese artists aren’t prohibited from dating. This is just a performing harlot.”

“AKB are not artists or musicians to begin with.”

“AKB and their fans are abnormal.”

“I don’t get why this is about Japanese now. They say themselves they don’t have boyfriends, she got herself one anyway, and then she decided to shave her head herself.”

“AKB and their ilk are the shame of Japan, why do they have to insult the rest of Japan by doing these idiotic things?”

“They just want to ruin Japan’s image.”

“The real issue is that our government keeps  trying to use yakuza groups like AKB48 in its stupid ‘Cool Japan’ marketing.”

“This is a national disgrace. I wish the media would drop it, but they are going to keep covering it.”

“I can’t believe because of this bitch everyone is going to think Japanese are bunch of crazies who expect this stuff…”

“Calling a group like this ‘national idols’ is a joke. They are an embarrassment even to the world of show business, and are more in danger of being classed as child porn or child abuse than a girl band.”

“The whole thing reeks of a publicity stunt. The people who run AKB48 are seriously messed up.”

“What the foreign media to people is not reporting is that this group is comprised of ugly talentless girls who can barely sing or dance, but who are being used to milk vast sums from fans by selling pseudo-dating rights to them with handshaking events and the like. Normal singers are not expected not to date.”

“Anyway, I think we can all agree that AKB48 and their fans are the shame of Japan.”

“Please let this blow up into an international scandal which ends in their dissolution!”

As if all this were not enough, she has stirred up yet more controversy – this time by posting pictures of herself happily showing off her new hairstyle with friends in a “double peace” pose, in what has been taken as either a total lack of remorse or an indication that the whole thing was an elaborate publicity stunt:

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    Avatar of Pyrolight
    Comment by Pyrolight
    11:15 02/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “I wish these overseas reports would actually mention the whole sordid business of them selling handshaking event tickets.”

    I really don't think that would end well for Japan's image.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 02/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Sorry wrong title here: Japan's Idol-business system shamed the world!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Japan's Idols shame the world!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not a fan of AKB48 or whatever they're called, but i am glad that this girl seems to be trolling the hell out of this story now and shaming the entire clusterfuck nation of Japan. I hope it creates mass suicide pacts of slobbering, toadlike, disgusting otaku. The treatment of her has been embarassing at best, so fair play to her for playing on it and creating yet more controversy and publicity for her. Whilst Japan rages at boiling point, the rest of the owrld, sits back with some popcorn and laughs :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan shames the world!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:20 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan's Idols do anything for moolah...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    To think japanese think the world cares enough for their pathetic people as if they are important.

    jap attitude is so childishly delusional it's extremely amusing to say the least. It's just like MacArthur said:

    "Japan is a nation of 12 year olds".

    Comment by Anonymous

    To Anon 23:52 Whishing the death of other people... You must be proud of yourself. I bet you are one of those "people of justice"- type of persons who raises signs and protests the majority of people think is wrong, while you commit those very things when noone is looking. It is bigotts like you that make human scoceity bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:08 04/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    SHAMEFUR DISPRAY

    Comment by Anonymous

    As much as it sounds like an oxymoron, even the mainstream media has enough decency not to do so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 04/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    japs are fags and bitches. They deserve all the fucking chinese and koreans are giving them.

    Comment by Anonymous

    “They just want to ruin Japan’s image.”

    Japan's image isn't much and world is entirely aware of its little hypocrisy. Funny how they think they still have a chance at being considered equals when they are neither capable of knowing or understanding anyone else.

    They always bitch out and commit suicide at the first sign of REAL danger.

    Tip for the fuckin japs who writes this shit: No body in the world in the end thinks of you as anything more than slanty eyed island monkeys. That includes koreans and chinese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 05/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So are you Korean or Chinese?

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    Comment by SierraM363
    16:17 02/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    How dare she shame Japan....

    That's Ishihara's job!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 04/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    not anymore, remember? he retired november of last year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese elect that level of mouthy retard unmatched in the world into governor ship of their largest city. They need no help when it comes to shaming themselves.

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    Comment by Nos3bleed
    10:22 02/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I don't believe that she did this all on her own because other members who've been caught with boyfriends we're all kick out. But she was allowed to stay. If AKB48 management didn't approve of this wouldn't they have kicked her out even faster?

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    Comment by Naoe
    21:37 02/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's because shes' one of the most popular members of the AKB48. She's a regular top ranker for the "grand elections" and she's one of the oldest members too.

    Same thing that happened with Sashi, she was only demoted ot HKT48, because she's just as popular as regular top rankers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She definitely didn't do this on her own. Just days ago she blogged why can't idols have boyfriends, I mean why the sudden change of heart. Surely the management somehow forced her to do this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It seems like Minami Minegishi went to far with her little stunt. This is bound to hurt the AKB48's image, probably beyond repair. Either way, its their fault for allowing the women to post that video in their account. Perhaps they probably coerced her to do it. She should sue their ass for demoting her rank and embarrassing her like this to remain in the group.

    Also, I am astounded by the level of collectivism displayed by some of the members and anonymous commentators of this site. Honestly guys, since when was an entire nation of people responsible for the actions of one agency(the AKB48)who allowed this stunt to go astray. We should be attacked the producers and those old CEO geezers for this action, not Japan.

    Its almost like saying all Americans are evil because of the overseas wars, and corportism that engulf the war. Its not the Americans as a whole that are responsible for this or the economic crisis, but rather because of the actions carried behind a few elites(bankers, Wall ST, politicians, Obama, Ben Bernanke, the corporate media, etc).

    4chan/Dramatica's influence has really reached the farthest depths I've seen. Everything JPop+Japan=Bad,wouzers, I'm glad I don't use the web much.

    Just one more word, this whole world is full of shit. Each and every nation in the world has something up their sleeves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They DID kick her out, you moron. Read the previous article.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish shit like this would happen in the US...

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    Comment by Nerd
    15:06 02/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The shaving? Britney Spears.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Britney Spears beat her to it. And she didn't even have to fuck anyone, just be trailer trash. This girl has a lot to learn before being that level of batshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 02/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “I can’t believe because of this bitch everyone is going to think Japanese are bunch of crazies who expect this stuff…”
    Don't worry, we think so anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Catholic priests take the same vows, I don’t want to hear criticism of this from the west!”

    Typical jap bitch, screaming like a whore in heat. Do they actually think west thinks they are important or worth notice other than a brief laugh by this one incident? What makes them think this is even important enough to gloss over plenty of other more pressing matters in the news?

    'THEY MAKE FUN OF US THEY ARE SO UNFAIR WE ARE INNOCENT VICTIMS'. As if anyone cares enough about a bunch of slanty eyed cunts to give more than a passing laugh at their direction.

    What a mouthy little bitch. Do they think whole of west is catholic or something? Going by that logic, I suppose every single japanese girl is an eager whore that spreads its legs for any foreign men.

    Oh wait...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    they worry as if this is what will give them bad rep, when we have thought about them like that ever since they came out with tentacle porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 02/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Oh my god, I think I get it now. She did it so as to create an international shitstorm that would lead to a lot of bad press for AKB48, and looking like a helpless victim in the process.

    Talk about being a smart cookie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 02/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    KEIKAKU DOORI

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 04/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So they can't fire her now they have foreign media attention? That is a smart move.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If she's going down she's taking the company with her!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully is dissolves AKB48 and we get more SKE48 articles! Seriously why are there no more SKE48 articles?!

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    Comment by Senjou
    21:07 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Heck I already knew the hair cutting was just a ploy by this slut of a woman from the start go.

    But apparently many people back in the last topic seem ignorant, that's for sure. All those white knights/feminazis....just make me puke.

    Avatar of Lillymon
    Comment by Lillymon
    09:43 02/02/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    What? I mean... what? Seriously... I don't even... I... what? What is this shit? Really. Just... what the hell is going on?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 02/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    welcome to earth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 02/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Earth. The best Drama channel in the universe

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    meh, I stopped watching this shit halfway through the 2nd season..

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually Anonymous 3 it's because he doesn't exist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just because it has a good audience it doesn't mean that it's a good show, take for example the reality "Big Brother" here in brazil it's one of the most popular shows, but it's pure shit, worthless and futile shit but the ignorant masses love it. (i don't know if it's like that with the other "big brothers")

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    BSOD Him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only reason God Doesn't blow it up is because the people entertain Him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I seriously think that Aliens don't invade or talk to us, because shit like this tells them we're not even worth the trouble.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    all i can say its that im ashamed of japanese otakus

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The only scandal is here is horrible AKB48.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    21:29 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @17:16
    "U.S. scandal stars" lol, redundant statement is redundant

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @23:07 Sayign that all japanese are mysoginists is like saying all women are whores and golddiggers. Also if all japanese are mysoginists, that would include the women and children too. Since it would mean that the japanese women hate their own gender. Wich is absurd.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 23:25 You would not talk like that if this happened in your country. And it is clear that you have no idea what some people are capable to make money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:16 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Be ashamed of a woman who was willing to make one entire nation of people look like mysoginists, just so she can save her career.
    She is doing it for the money and to gain attention like U.S. scandal stars.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @17:16 "Be ashamed of a woman who was willing to make one entire nation of people look like mysoginists"

    >>Implying they aren't mysoginists

    Comment by Anonymous

    @ "Be ashamed of a woman who was willing to make one entire nation of people look like mysoginists, just so she can save her career.
    She is doing it for the money and to gain attention like U.S. scandal stars."

    Good for her ! Life should be a scam ! You'd tread all over her to get where you need to be, so don't be a hypocrite and talk as if what she is doing, is somehow immoral or something to be ashamed of !

    Comment by Anonymous

    :Looks around: ......Nope, nothing to do here :Flies away: >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    9gag is so le funny XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Bye bye, Mr Alien. ..

    start waving hand.

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    Comment by Yamato
    10:57 03/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @11:09
    Wow, you just ended up reminding me of Vandread. God, do I like Dita. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it sad that I get the reference, though I've never seen the anime?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was banging 7gram rocks thats how I roll Winning

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    14:26 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to another episode of "Annoyed and Confused" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNb1YJYX07Q









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