Farmer’s 4600 Votes for Sashihara: “I Employ A CD Opener”


AKB48 “super carnivore” Rino Sashihara’s fans are as ardent as ever, with a strawberry farmer’s confession that he has to employ an assistant to separate all his thousands of votes from their accompanying CDs still managing to provoke awe online.

A 42-year-old AKB48 fan and strawberry farmer was apparently responsible for over 3% of the 150,570 votes which saw Sashihara elected in 2013 and is vowing to see her to victory in 2014 as well.

He cagey about his election budget for 2014 (perhaps fearing to provoke competing fans), but says he plans to buy at least 4600 votes, and will be employing a drudge to undertake the grueling work of separating the vote coupons from the worthless CDs.

The actual work of casting the votes for Sashihara is too important to be left to any underlings it would seem, judging from his comments to journalists:

“This here is a bundle of voting tickets. Whenever I go out, I always have them with me. There are about 500 here.

Any spare moment I get I cast a vote with my phone.

It takes quite a bit of time to enter the serial number for each vote into the site, in total I am spending about ¥9,000,000 a year on Sashihara!”

He is unperturbed by the scandal surrounding “super carnivore” Sashihara, though his investment seems not to have borne the same returns either.

Even more amazingly, he is in fact married and has two children – and his wife apparently puts up with his antics, as he is only squandering the personal savings he accumulated prior to his marriage.

She does however restrict him to a ¥30,000 allowance when it comes to the money he earns now.

Aside from voting he also reports enjoying handshaking events, having used 869 tickets at one time – with each ticket granting a total of 3 seconds of time with his favourite idol.

The 40 minutes he was able to spend chatting with her were spent “talking about nothing much at all,” he says.

Online there is increasing wonderment at how Japan’s national idols can carry on with such a surreal and increasingly controversial spectacle:


“Give the money to her!”

“What will he do when she weds…”

“Spend it on your own wife you fool.”

“What trash… blowing all your savings on this and not your kids?”

“Unbelievable his family puts up with this. Is he beating them or what?”

“People who invest this much in their weird hobbies are what keep the economy turning over!”

“He could have built a house with the money he spent on her he says, and all he did was buy a bunch of worthless CDs and have a meaningless chat with her when he met her. How can you respond to this?”

“CDs are kind of immaterial now, aren’t they?”

“Strawberry farmers make that much!?”

“Farmers are total fatcats aren’t they? Hit them with the TPP!”

“To think this guy is being subsidised with our taxes…”

“What a waste of time, money and resources.”

“Idols have been around a long time, but this new business model is really terrifying…”

“How about you make it one man one vote!”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sad world is Sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:37 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    what a fucking loser

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 09/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Buying multiple albums is just dumb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    These guys are gonna inflate the polymer market prices with all those CD's. I think they should change the business model in a way that you could buy the CD's eletronically, like albums in your Itunes account, give them away as gifts to random e-mail adresses, and just get the coupons mailed to you. That way, people can buy a lot more, because they won't have to deal with the physical CD's, And the electronic sales will count to keep them at the top anyway. Leave the polymer for things like Smart cars and Glocks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 08/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Theres more money lying to people than telling the truth.

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    Comment by Kuro
    05:48 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Only in Japan can someone be proud of spending $87770(9 million yen) on CDs, just to vote for an idol. AKB48 are disgusting, they're exploiting people with clear issues, granted I would imagine most of these people spending ridiculous amounts of money are single salary men but these people need to acknowledge they have a problem. The man is 42 and is spending all his cash on voting. Sad doesn't begin to describe it, I feel sorry for him if anything and people like him.

    The sooner AKB48 are gone from Japan the better, though I fear another idol group set up to exploit people like him will be set up and the whole process will repeat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    With that money I would rather buy a motorcycle and drive around the country, go on vacation to a beach resort...or go to high-end brothel and fulfill my desires...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    With that kind of money I can buy some more property.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'd rather use the money to deflower all the AKB48 members hahaahaha while smoking a cigar and hell breaking loose.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You're assuming they're still virgins? Heh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 08/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    With that money I could retire at 65 instead of 70.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    As long as there are such fools, there will always be people to exploit them. This will never stop, even without AKB. It's not AKBs fault that some people are born without any common sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well as the saying goes, a fool and his money is soon parted. If people are stupid enough to to pay about $90,000 on worthless CD's and just for 30 minutes of talking about nothing, He and people of his elk will soon go broke, not able to support AKB (or whatever their group name is). And they will go away, Sort of like Darwinism, only this time it deals with money and economics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    well, you don't know if he's spending "All" his morney or not. he could be super rich somehow and have spare money after all this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "All" his money or not*

    Money* not morney. dumb typo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Super carnivore or super D ass ?!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I admit that I am a single man who has some issues and I am just a few years below 30 but I will never spend a large sum of my savings on shit like this. I rather lose them in them stock market.

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    Comment by HDNphr34k

    how exactly is it AKB48's fault that these morons are spending millions of yen on cds merely to vote for their favorite new girl?

    It isn't AKB48 holding a gun to their head demanding they do such. It isn't some major popularity contest where the one who spends the most is the coolest.

    I don't get why, instead of jumping on the bandwagon of hate against AKB48, Japanese men can't just say "no" to their idiotic urges.

    If AKB48 falls because they don't get their money, so be it. Then they were never popular in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 07/06/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Remember it's not the girls themselves. They're just trying to be performers like all young people dream of at one point. Some may be aware of their complicity, but think of what you knew of the world around you at that age to know any better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:59 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The girls are compliant in it. Compliancy implies they're no better. Nothing stopping people from shunning the practice or walking away from the position, they don't. They're happy to accept the situation they're in and the fact people are spending ridiculous amounts of money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Point being, you think the girls are innocent, they're not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm sure So many others in this world would be happy to be famous, or at least popular, and have people spend money on you or for you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The girls are compliant in it"

    and so is the man who spend ¥9,000,000

    Comment by Anonymous

    @ Anon 10:59

    How much of the money that you sanctimoniously pretend goes to the actual performers do you think they get? They actually work pretty damn hard and are pretty talented performers. I don't and won't listen to their music, but there is a ton of sacrifice to being a performer and perpetually being judged. It's why many of them seem so crazy to us.

    Yes the girls are compliant, because what's the alternative for them? They don't know about the back end crazy shit going on. And in the end, it really isn't their fault that stupid people do this stuff. It's just capitalism. They put forward a voting system and people spend unbelievable amounts on it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the girls, it's the people who think this is somehow worth it. Blame stupidity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:57 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They should just sale the tickets stand alone. That way less trash would be created.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    But then they wouldn't be able to cheat their way through to number one CD sellers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because their other singles aren't number ones... oh, wait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "I am spending about ¥9,000,000 a year on Sashihara!”

    She probably let him fuck her if he gave her the money directly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He could have an entire harem of enjou kosai girls for that price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Are we absolutely sure she didn't?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So..."instead of giving me the money, use it to buy CDs and vote for me, that way I'll win the election, that will be more profitable".

    Makes sense to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    hey.. sashihara's hot. o.o

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by wiredcore
    09:37 07/06/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    i should be a strawberry farmer..

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    too bad he's not a cherry farmer, the jokes would write themselves otherwise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    For an aniota like me, this is painful to watch. All that money could be spent on something tangible and useful like figures or BDs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    so what do you get for voting?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    18:18 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Handshake, probably.

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    Comment by Dia
    15:22 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I've been hearing about this Otaku vote stacking for years, but have yet to figure out WHAT they're actually voting for. What does the girl with the most votes get?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Why don't they just set up some sort of kickstarter for each girl, and the one who raises more money wins?

    Same shit, but at least it wouldn't generate that much trash for the environment.

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    Comment by Rya
    08:19 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    So, in other words people spent 3 million $ in total to have her win an election that doesn't mean anything. Buying your local governmental election might be cheaper than that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean from last year's elections? Where does it say the prices of each votes? Cuz I can only find out that there were 150,570 votes for Sashihara, and I wanna know where u got the 3million $ from.

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    Comment by Rya
    09:24 07/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    He said he spent 9 million Yen per year on her. I simply implied - most likely incorrectly - that all this was for vote coupons of last year's election of which he was said to have cast 3% of the total votes. If 9 million yen are 3%, then it's just a simply multiplication. Of course, this is Sankaku so I didn't really care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    1. be millionaire like Bill Gates or Donald Trump
    2. fly to japan
    3. buy 100 million cds's
    4. vote hado gay or shintaro ishihara as the new akb idol or some shit
    5. buy all the akb girls and fly them to work in your las vegas brothel serving wealthy jew, korean and black patrons
    6. your delicious tears, otaku, let me lick them

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku08:47's mad.

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    Comment by Indra EMC
    21:23 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you guys think some religion are so weird and makes no sense whatsoever ? well AKB48 fans are weirder than that kind of Religion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they are weirder than Scientologists?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I came here for the comments :"3

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