AKB48’s Rino Sashihara Apologises for Having Sex with Fan


“Super-carnivore” AKB48 idol Rino Sashihara has partially admitted allegations that she pursued one of her own creepy otaku fans for sex, and has been dumped from the group and banished to the wastes of Kyushu.

The 19-year-old idol tearfully apologised for the scandal she still insists mostly did not happen and revealed that she had been transferred to (i.e. sacked and given a face-saving exit) obscure alphabet soup sister group HKT48:

It’s true that that person was a friend of mine. I’m really sorry about this.


When I first heard about the article, I didn’t know what to think.

But when I read it, I was shocked. A lot of it wasn’t true, but it is true that that person was my friend.

After that I couldn’t keep my food down, and I hyperventilated during the tour. I couldn’t even speak to my mother, and reading the comments of my fans on my blog made my heart ache. I’m so sorry.

Her “transfer” to HKT48, a group with an average age of 13.8 and a reputation for possessing only the “raw” part of “raw talent,” is widely viewed as a demotion, exile, punishment, or prelude to outright sacking:


“She’s totally admitting it all…”

“Congratulations on your promotion there!”

“Isn’t this a demotion?”

“HKT is based in Fukuoka, way over in Kyushu, so this is the last we’ll be seeing of her in Tokyo!”

“This slut admitted it and she still wasn’t fired?”

“So why wasn’t Akimoto fired…”

“She was just banging people as part of her job so she was blameless.”

“So the rest of HKT are OK with having lascivious whores in their ranks?”

“They can’t be too pleased at being used as a dumping ground for scandals.”

“If none of it was true why can’t she say which parts aren’t true?”

“Probably just the part about him being handsome wasn’t true.”

“She got off real light!”

“Especially since she has essentially admitted it was all true.”

“So now she’s reduced to doing local pachinko ads in Fukuoka…”

“From heaven to hell in one fell swoop.”

“What the hell is HKT48 anyway?”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 16/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    a 15-year old telling you to come onto her body sure is sexy, but the fact is, used goods just aren't idol material in Japan (at least not "top idol" material).

    that having been said, i hope the 13-year olds over at HKT48 start following her example towards their fans, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hopefully not just the HKT48 girls, but the increasing amount of elementary and middle schol girls who look up to the AKB48 girls too.

    If AKB48 girls being outed as non-virgins becomes a trend, I can sense a good future for the enjo kousai industry in Japan...

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    23:46 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.3)

    true, most of the people typing up long paragraphs here about how "cruel" AKB48 is for kicking her out don't seem to know the first thing about them - that the girls are advertised as "otome", basically a cute-sounding word in Japanese for virgin.

    then again, for most of them, the only source of news about Japan, and AKB48, is probably sankaku complex, so i don't really blame them.

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    Comment by KiTA
    03:42 17/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah, because the use of the word "otome" (maiden) totally makes it ok to pander to the freakjob idol stalkers.

    How dare she get a boyfriend and have a life outside of work, doesn't she realize that AKB48 is just a very slow motion form of prostitution fantasy for 99% of her fans?

    Comment by Anonymous

    actually that what akb is b/c their music is shit and they know it

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 17/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Not allowing girls to be girls is so different -_-

    c'mon japan, Also just because a girl was being forward with 1 guy doesn't mean she is a slut. It could mean she just liked the guy and thought she could trust him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully not just the girls at HKT48, but the increasing amount of elementary and middle school girls who look up to the AKB48 girls too.

    If AKB48 girls being outed as non-virgins becomes a trend, I can sense a good future for the enjo kousai industry in Japan...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 18/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pedobaer approves.


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's 19 dude. Not pedobear material

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 28/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    We like girls from 6 to 12 years old, retard. She is not pedobear material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 18/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well...I can only say that Otakus are the target of AKB48, and since she would likely lose her popularity, it is also certain that she would be kicked from the group. The girls themselves are fully aware that they are marketed as "pure". Better be prepared for what's coming when you put yourself on the pedestal.

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    Comment by Kouma
    02:08 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Teenagers having sex isn't news (especially in Japan), but idols have images to maintain and they knows this. She knew what she was doing and the consequences it would carry if revealed - in that sense, I don't feel sorry for her.

    At least she wasn't fired outright, though. The guy she messed around with has no class. Maybe things ended horribly between them and he wanted some payback?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    let me just live there and have sex with all those pretty pretty girls...

    Comment by WEL
    04:11 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aya Hirano had sex with every member of her band and she still just as popular as ever.

    Comment by Anonymous

    dream on pedobear

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Nothing to fucking apologize for.

    She wanted it, he wanted it; they should shag 'till one gets tired.

    Once again, nothing to fucking apologize for.

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    Comment by kamiru
    12:50 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    too bad the japan community doesnt think like that

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even so, why apologise if they were going to demote her anyway? It's better to proudly tell with your chin up what you did and how much you enjoyed it and that you won't hesitate to do it again.
    (Although I must say that banishment to Kyuushuu doesn't seem like a particularly onerous sentence. The climate is much better there and so is the food.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:17 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe their mentality is something along the lines of, "we're not getting any, so you shouldn't either!"

    Especially since idols could probably sleep with anyone anytime, if it didn't destroy their career.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    20:01 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The employers of idols like AKB etc. care about one thing: money.
    Imagined sex sells, but real sex ends a career. If a girl sleeps with someone and anyone finds out, all the idiots who fantasize about what they'd do to those virginal girls suddenly lose interest. "Fans" get upset, and the employers can't use the girl anymore, so they are dumped.

    I feel bad for the members of AKB48, being whored out as they are at those hand-shaking events. They're so popular with the kids, but underneath it all it's about not having sex so the adult followers can drool over what they'll never be able to do to the members.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But why apologise if they were going to demote her anyway? It's better to proudly tell with your chin up what you did and how much you enjoyed it and that you won't hesitate to do it again.
    (Although I must say that banishment to Kyuushuu doesn't seem like a particularly onerous sentence. The climate is much better there and so is the food.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 18/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She still wants to keep her job, even at the expense of a demotion, that's the reason for the apology. Sadly, kids never make enough money for AKB48. It's the adults who buy hundreds of their CDs just to get the event tickets. They pay, you cater to them. That's what AKB48 is basically about - Business.

    Comment by Anonymous


    Most people, including me, would hit that. Boyfriend did well for himself, well, until his dick move caused this idiotic farce.

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    Comment by KiTA

    A bunch of 2ch stalkers != "the japan community".

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    Comment by KiTA
    03:44 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then toss them out after they get the voter registration cards.

    This isn't a tenable situation. These stalkers are going to run out of money eventually. What's the end game afterwards? You're going to have a bunch of broke, disillusioned, unhinged freakjobs with no social skills and no lives (cause they spent all their money and time on trying to rig reality TV show style elections).

    Comment by Anonymous

    Unfortunately, the same bunch of 2ch stalkers that buy their CDs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 16/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Let us all applaud to this girls honesty to the human needs

    * applauds *

    Like heck if you got a bf or gf it leads to sex ... Period ( * don't care for age , gender , religion , race in this discussion just prove that Boy + Girl = Sex *)

    Its the idolization by WeeBoo's or what ever these whackos are called these days who think that there idols should stay virgin LIKE THEM or there plastic DOLLS

    *yes you weeboo fucktards who idolize -->real people<-- in plastic or media form*

    the idols ARE human ... its just YOU who put them under a microscope

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    why applaud this girl? She lied about it and then admitted.

    She wants her fans to idolize her like a doll thats how she and these idol groups make money.

    Why do you think they release photoooks...they are not advertising anything except for their skin.

    If they wanted to have a regular life she sould have worked a job. B/c its not like she is in this for the music.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I am pretty sure most weeabos in the west dont give a fuck about akb. Their fans are grown ass japanese dudes, some are even married, look at the articles on the side. A mans wife threaten to leave him for collecting that idol shit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If I'm paying top dollar to uphold an illusion and you break it!
    I'm will make your "career" sink faster than a fat man on in the middle of the pacific!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Fat people do not sink. Fats are less dense than water.

    Comment by Anonymous


    The German dude

    Comment by Anonymous

    You missed the point retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I suppose you pricks bitching about the illusion would expect Stallone to go the distance with with the world heavy weight boxing champions is a real match, and win; or the Governator to go in and take care of hostage situations in person as well.

    She's a performer, not a fucking slave; no matter what her fucking contract says about her off screen behavior.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Dick move from her ex-boyfriend to do this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:31 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fucker never deserves to get laid again.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If you're receiving vast amounts of cash from fans that idolise your looks and personality, the least you can do is maintain your chasitity for their sake.

    Fucking is one of them rules that is a no no for a Japanese idol. Kinda like it is for a nun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Um, no. Money from other people should never determine if one does or doesn't have sex.

    You're horrible and not getting enough of it to realize that. Money does not trump basic human desire and action.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:43 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Really? So she should remain a virgin until no one cares about the group anymore? Once you become creep bait your body now belongs to everyone eh?

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    Comment by KiTA
    15:12 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Not until no one cares anymore, just until she's 25 and officially "too old" to be fuckable in the Otaku's eyes. Then she can go do whatever she wants. The old hag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    11:45 anon made the best comment here. idols are not there to sell music, but to sell an illusion, entertaining people. music, photoshots and tv programs are just ways of achieving it (entertainment). when a girl fails to do it, she gets few followers but it's still ok. when she breaks the illusion, no. she can be everything she wants but not an idol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Oh look like somebody in here likes old second goods.

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    Comment by Senjou
    16:17 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh please. They're entertainers and they're paid top money to uphold an illusion. If they fail to deliver of course the fans will stop paying and thus their employer will try to get rid of them as soon as possible.

    The only sensible comment in here.

    Everyone else are busy blindly defending the woman while not realising the true nature of her job she has chosen for herself.

    She knew what she was getting into and still wanted to commit such debauchery acts with a man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Like it or not, most men, in most cultures, thoughout history, always have and always will want their wife to be a virgin. We may want to shag every girl we see, but most of these girls are not wife material. It's natural. AK48 fans are just like most men, with the exception of their infatuation with the underage aspect of these girls. And it's not such a big deal for a girl to stay a virgin till her mid or late 20s or Saul Alinsky forbid till she's married or serious about someone, whenever that may be.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    16:48 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    "the true nature of her job she has chosen for herself."
    So even the fans admit it isn't about the music, but about drooling/fapping over underaged virgin girls?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Oh please. They're entertainers and they're paid top money to uphold an illusion. If they fail to deliver of course the fans will stop paying and thus their employer will try to get rid of them as soon as possible.

    If you watch a movie you expect to be entertained. If the movie suddenly ends halfway through or simply turns horrible you wouldn't be very pleased and at worst would want your movie back, wouldn't you?

    What AKB48 is selling isn't so much their horrible music but an illusion. It's like BP pissing into their oil and then wondering why nobody would want to buy it anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am sure that is what her managers want her fans to believe, all the while the manager is shagging all the members of the group.

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    Comment by Senjou
    17:17 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am no AKB48 fan but I believe its fan base would prefer listening/fapping to angelic virgin music over satanic slut music any time of the day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    They are human. They deserve to fuck a willing partner if they want.

    The people who have a problem with it are the ones who really have the issues.

    And the nuns can just fuck off as far as I'm concerned. I have more respect for AV stars and hookers than nuns.

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    12:32 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree with your "They're only human" analogy - consider: Tiger Woods or Micheal Vick or Mike Tyson - They had to potential to cause serious damage to their 'Brand names' if they continued on in the public eye after their scandals without a "public punishment" of sorts.

    It's the same with Politicians & Certain Entertainers. The irony is that if she was in America (or maybe the UK) she'd get a reality show, Sex Tape, and Gossip-Rag status and probably be even more popular.

    I wonder what rank #5 Minami & #3 Yuki think of this? Technically it means the entire top #5- #17 all move up 1 slot so the New #4 is Minami and Kojima is now #6 ect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree with you on this point. But, the fact is, its those people with problem issues thats bringing in the dough and unfortunately unless other types of audiences are significantly larger theyre the ones playing the game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol it ha never been about the music. did you guys really think that shit sounds good?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What you have respect for is irrelevant. It's logic which counts. You say that the people who pay for these girls to be a virgin can f-off, well the performers do not want them to f-off, as these people pay good money for this virgin thing. It's a deal they make, and they're not forced to make it. No-one is holding a gun to an AK48 girl's head and telling her to stay in the group. It's a free choice.

    As far as judging anyone else, nuns or people who disagree, you only no objective standard to go by so kindly keep your "morality" to yourself, or be an irrational hypocrite if you will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    compare this to the continuous sex scandals from american singers, I think it would be less of a stigma in Japan because of cultural influences.

    Comment by Anonymous

    There is though. Do you know what she's getting paid for? If she doesn't abide by the rule, she should be fired alright.
    Thank god they removed her from AKB48 already, she deserved it too.

    Try not to be a slut if you have an image to hold up.
    That is all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    She's a slut for sleeping with one guy, who happened to be her friend (and probably a boyfriend)?

    The expectations of idol fans, and idol management as well, are ridiculous. It's as though they've forgotten idols are human.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    16:52 16/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Its funny how we protect minors from porn but are perfectly fine if they enter a business were they stop being human.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She was 15 when she became an idol, 15 year olds don't have free will yet. She was too young to sign up for a life of chasity.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    20:01 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @17:04: Even if nobody is forcing them to watch porn, they still ain't allowed to watch it. That's the whole point about "protection of the children". We decide something for them, because they can't decide it for themselves. (That's how the argument goes.)

    But I think watching porn is less harmfull then becoming an idol. So why do we allow them to become idols? Don't bother answering, it's obvious why.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody is forcing them into this business but rather on their own free will and unfortunately one must abide by its terms and condition stated in any job.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Once you are become an idol of this sort, you give up being human.

    That is all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think you are very close to the line of mental insanity. Or just very unfortunate to have your (mis)conception of society behaviour toward woman(including young teenagers) quite twisted due to consumerist false notions of "purity" quite close to absurdity and as i mentioned earlier insanity.

    You need to chillout read some philosophical aspects of mankind, social and political history or whatever helps to make you realise woman have the same (if not more at certain times of their lives) emotional feelings and needs. They are not property even if you paid some fucking ticket to a concert or bought some merchandise. Somewhere there you(and others like you) confuse between owing a merchandised CD/mag/etc whatever is the artist(s) work, and owning the artist itself.

    Get a grip on reality you self introverted twisted envious insane people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't wait to see her in an AV. I wanna fap to her so bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @18:47 not if she was under new contract, as AKB placed a stipulation in their contracts after one became a JAVstar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Self control means no longer being human.
    So guys no-one of you ever exercises self control? You avoid being late for work, to avoid losing it, don't you? Are you now no longer human because oversleeping is a more fundamental need then sex?

    This girl can do what she wants. She can quit the group and become a JAV if she wants. I'm sure she'll have much respect then.

    Comment by Anonymous

    man, with so many girls in the group, he had to choose exactly one of the ugliest in akb? 最悪じゃねぇか?

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