According to Yahoo Japan, AKB48’s General Manager Togasaki Tomonobu announced on his blog that Minegishi Minami’s video has been taken down. Miichan’s video has been viewed by over 7.5 million times and has spread like wildfire, generating mixed responses from media and fans all over the world. Instead of appeasing the fans, i believe that the act of shaving her head has resulted in a negative reaction especially from the international media.
According to Togasaki’s post, alot of fans who appeared at the handshake session in Chiba today said that they can see Miichan’s sincerity in apologizing and therefore requested Togasaki to take down the video.
Miichan, who heard their request, is thankful but in order to regain the fans’ trust, she will not forget her apologetic feelings towards her fans.
The video has since been replaced by an official statement from Togasaki, although you’ll still be able to find duplicates elsewhere.