Producer: AKB48 “Can Have As Much Sex As They Want”


AKB48’s general producer Yasushi Akimoto has denied there is any rule against his girls getting all the action they want, and says those girls who end up being sacked, demoted, relocated to distant islands or shaving their heads in shame all do so for quite unrelated reasons.


The scandal engendered by Minami Minegishi’s dating-induced head shaving penance and sacking, as well as the regularity with which AKB48’s lose their jobs if seen in the company of an unrelated male, were commented upon by AKB48 general producer Yasushi Akimoto in a recent radio interview.

In fact he maintains the girls are free to indulge in all the romantic activities they want, their sackings apparently being only coincidental:

“I don’t want to talk about any more it as it will cause misunderstandings.

[However he talks about it at length anyway…]

The rule about there being no romance allowed is used as material and talked about and stuff, but there is certainly no such rule.

It’s like a highschool baseballer looking to play in the major league at the Koshien stadium – he probably wouldn’t have time to pursue romantic relations.

But I’m saying if they really like someone it can’t be helped.”

Instead he blames their creepy fans for forcing him to not punish the girls he manages:

“Think of what the fans who support them feel is acceptable when these scandals occur.”

He also explains why the level of sanction which is applied to the girls for reasons entirely unrelated to their dating varies so drastically, with some girls sacked and others given free reign:

“There is no rule against it, and no penalty is established. As well as warnings from a manager after rumours begin to circulate, we have to consider their past activities, their character and so on.”

The girls must choose between their own relationships and the one they have with their creepy obsessive fans, he concludes:

“We try everything, and we still get blamed for it all.

They are free to make their own choice when it comes to romance, and they may may choose romance even when their fans hate knowing they have a boyfriend.”

The general conclusion amongst idol watchers is that his explanations are disingenuous at best:

“Despite the fact you made her shave her head?”

“Why are these girls being sacked then?”

“So now they can all have as much sex as they want?”

“If their relationship status is no problem, they can just employ porn stars then.”

“They are already porn stars in waiting.”

“AKB should at least use a guy who can lie a bit less transparently.”

“He is really vague and it is hard to understand what he is talking about. And this from the charlatan who originally came up with the idea of rigging the Oricon music charts by tying handshaking event tickets to multiple purchases of CDs.”

“He’s just trying to blur the issue as much as possible.”

“So it is not forbidden, but if you are busted and your popularity tanks they fire you?”

“What about the ones who get transferred to some distant region after their scandal? You can’t say they weren’t being retired. To say nothing of shaving your head…”

“Of 20 relationship scandals with the AKB groups, 7 have been fired, in 8 no action was taken, and a further 5 engaged in penance of various kinds.”

“Basically they have an unwritten rule that it is forbidden and anyone who is found knows they are likely to be sacked.”

“Here we have HKT/AKB48 member Rino Sashihara on TV stating explicitly that the contract she signed includes a ‘no romance with the opposite or the same sex’ clause:”


“Pity the idiot otaku who believed this and still gave her all their money.”

“If they are free to pursue loving relationships why do they instead choose to make tearful apologies whenever they are found out?”

“The marketing underpinning this group’s success is undeniably creepy.”

“Minegishi and her new concentration camp survivor/brainwashed cultist look don’t really support what he is saying. And this is starting to be treated as a human rights violation after it was reported internationally.

He is just desperate to dodge the blame by calling it ‘material’ and so on, although it is hard to see anyone believing him with all the sacked girls in his wake.”

“He is getting serious heat for banning his young employees from having personal relationships, so now he is trying to maintain it was all ‘voluntary’ on their part. Kind of like all that ‘voluntary’ unpaid overtime happens at Japan’s dodgier companies.”

“I think it is just a case of them being free to do it as long as they aren’t exposed.”

“Does nobody here believe idols are just naturally pure and always obey their agency’s instructions? Nobody?”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 25/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ‘no romance with the opposite or the same sex’
    I doubt many would have a problem with the later...

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    00:45 26/02/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    ‘no romance with the opposite or the same sex'

    So, as far as there is no romance, they can has as much sex as they want!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, they do need to whore them out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I have a problem with "the same sex" clause in their contract.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, what about THE THIRD SEX? D:

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    15:47 25/02/2013 # ! Quality (+0.9) long as it's with each other.

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    Comment by warjoke
    20:46 25/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    you deserve an award!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Winner winner chicken dinner! BAWK BAWK!

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    Comment by entropy13
    20:20 25/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    As the score of your comment already mentions, 'Quality'. Just pure quality, right here.

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    Comment by Spykus
    15:06 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well said good sir!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You Sir, win the internets

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 25/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Don't tell me you actually believe in "official statements".

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    Comment by Erranty
    22:11 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's basically saying "We aren't punishing them for having relationships, we're just preemptively responding to the fans' reactions and making preparations to keep the company alive."

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't blame them really. If otaku start hating on the idol then they lose fans and lose money thus they get fired.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Does it really matter, since most of them go into the porn industry afterwards anyways. Like yuki or rina. Think of AKB as legal porn star training until they can release to videos

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Most of them go into the porn industry"

    TIL 1 of over 400 = most.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    06:55 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Do not mind too much, most ppl here do not know of what or whom they are talking about.
    Real knowledge of J-Pop in west is even smaller than about real Japanese anime or manga.

    Proof: many are writing stuff like J-Pop girl groups can`t sing or they have bad songs...seen nothing, heard nothing, only talk.

    Narutards, get a life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can you tel me another celeb to pornstar beside rina nakanishi, I need it for research purpose, thanks ;)

    Comment by Anonymous

    But it's also that "spoiled" girl doesn't make money as idol. Or more like they don't want to try that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Propaganda level: Baghdad Bob (AKA blatantly yet shamelessly denies observable reality)

    Now he only needs to add a few supernatural claims to reach North Korea level :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe they should rethink the concept of handshaking events and make sex events. Both idol and fan would be happy.CD sales would skyrocket in japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It could even aired in TV as a show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:31 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And not even a single fuck was done that day...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    See what you did there

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    16:08 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ahhh the price of being an Idol...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I actually think these "idols" quite enjoy all the drama around them. You know how some people think: as long as it is attention, be it good or bad, it works for them, and who says this is not the case...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Idols like attention? WHOEVER WOULDA THUNK IT?!

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    Comment by Pyrus
    15:21 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What he really meant was that they could have as much sex as they want with him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol to deprive these girls of dating guys they actually LIKE instead of a bunch of creepy no-name masturbating faces. Nice try AKB48 producer but it's pretty obvious your group has a problem. Next time be a little more professional and emphasis that the girls should seperate their PERSONAL life from their uh, AKB48 NEE-NEE CHAN DESU! Life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 'virgin and cute young girl' act is so obvious. AKB48 let go of those girls the moment they discovered they were dating.

    It look bad for company! Fans will be angry, we must release these girls to keep company afloat and otaku money coming in! Single, virgin girls rooonrry!

    I'm just wondering for those who had the melt-down bald head syndrome if they did it because they realized all the booku money they lost once their relationship was brought to life. Oh, no 15,000 worth scholarship for juus! Enjoy eating off sensie floor bishie!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chicks shouldn't join groups like this if their gonna have problems with dating. If you want to date or are going to date, get another group!

    Was there any contract signed stating that they will not date because of company regulations/upholdings?

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    Comment by Myballz
    02:50 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am guessing Otaku fans pay to see AKB48 girls kiss each other like lesbians in hopes to see them start a lesbian orgy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A girl have a relationship with a boy? nothing wrong...
    A girl have sex? it's up to her...

    The point is they have their own personal life... Most over-fanatic Fans ignore this fact

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course they can, they just have not to get caught... but they can end up to being AVA after that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can I assure that those AKB gals got something to back up they less than favourite appearance?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd imagine the 'punishments' if they can be called that, were actually for previous 'offences' such as bad attitude, or transgressions we don't hear about, such as bringing a distracting influence into the group, alcohol etc..

    bascially, after complaints are considered from previous minor offences that you couldn't really punish them about, you punish them when they do something bad that gets heard about or worse...

    sort of like three strikes and your out, they have to get those strikes first, then when next something bad happens, the punishment is dealt out because of the strikes against them already...

    just like how the police only arrest you after you are a repeat offender, and not before.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    These guys love their fans so much that when the fans are sad, they punish the bad girls.
    It's not about rules or policies, it's about love for the fans.
    If only more companies cared as much as them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think of it as cars.

    Once the car has been used, it loses it's value.

    Same with the girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
    But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

    Genesis 2:16-17

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dat man is a liar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fan meet gangbang ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)profit

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's why I ditch AKB48 and went for Momoiro Clover Z and Alice Juban.
    At least they are more honest in selling their CD's,you know like lesser "special version" CD tactics.
    Plus their songs are much more tasteful,at least to my ears, than AKB48 recent single.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:08 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're sacked because they lose their voices due to all the dick they swallow. Makes sense, really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>“I don’t want to talk about any more it as it will cause misunderstandings.

    >> [However he talks about it at length anyway...]

    So he's a tsundere?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Being a idol sure is serious business...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:09 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's no rule against a relationship. But, if they have a relationship, the fans don't like it and, if the fans don't like it, they get sacked.

    Basically, it's fine if they have a relationship, but it gets them sacked. The rule that's not a rule.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the first picture, looks like she just said 'i am going to use my pussy and no one can stop me.'

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    these so called 'idols' and their behaviour exist solely because there is a market. do not blame these intelligent businessmen who is trying to make an easy buck...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Akimoto Yasushi=Big Fat Troll

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He basically said: "it's not official but yeah they can't." What the fuck

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    15:51 25/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure. Certainly, it could be bullshit, but if it is, I seriously doubt they'd have instituted a rule just for the hell of it. Rather, as he rightly says, these troubles are because of crazy obsessive fans. The producer, of course, is partly at fault for marketing to these fans, but they're the ones who force their virgin obsession on the girls anyway.

    Shame, too, the actual supposed target audience of teenaged kids, who I know quite a few of through my job, don't really care and just like their performances. Imagine that.

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