This is reported by the same paparazzi who broke news about Yukirin/Miichan’s scandal.
The original article is rather lengthy, so i’ll just extract the key bits here.
Thanks to akbwrapup for the translations.
The Background Story
The man is Kubota Yasushi, the head of AKB48 group’s management company AKS, great entrepreneur who created this enormous idol group from the ground. The heroine is Kasai Tomomi of AKB48, who has kept high popularity in the fandom. She recently made headlines with her revealing alleged child pornography gravure photo, but anyway, she announced her graduation after that fuss. She is scheduled to graduate AKB48 on May 3rd and already wrapped up her final handshake session as a member of AKB48.
A former member of AKB48 says, “The relationship between president Kubota and Kasai has been rumored for a long time. But of course, no one dares to ask them about that. It is a taboo in AKB.”
– Details about how Kubota Yasushi is married with children, rich, and influential. –
He goes shopping, having meals with members and many of members love him.” said a former staff of AKB48.
As we previously reported in 2010, Kubota allegedly had inappropriate relationship with his favorite member Shinoda Mariko, but the rumor of his relationship with Kasai started to surface only a couple months after this previous report.
“It was around that time relation between Shinoda and Kasai started getting cold and they rarely talk to each other since then.” said the former staff.
The apartment where Kasai is living now cost 400 million yen (4 million USD) and is formerly a place where Mr.Kubota lived.
It’s equipped with private pool, sauna, gym, and concierge. It has 5 level of security locks as if it was a castle of tycoon. Her apartment is way more gorgeous than places where folks like Oshima Yuko or Takahashi Minami are living.
“She wears huge sunglasses as if she is a celebrity, and shows no sense of apology when she came late. Sometimes she cancel handshake events or lessons at the last minute. But when it’s a final rehearsal, she was practicing at a place where everybody notices her, and cried like ‘No I can’t…’ ‘What should I do….’. A sympathy beggar. Many men easily fell in her trap and found her lovely.” said a person who works closely with AKB.
Despite the fuss with her inappropriate gravure photoshoot with a caucasian kid, Kasai is still enjoying thriving career, and it seems it’ll continue.
Some people think that Kubota is behind Kasai’s success.
“Before the shoot, she suddenly said she wants to go shopping. Of course we said ‘No, you can’t’
Then she took a cellphone out of her bag and called Mr.Kubota.
‘Hi~ It’s me~ They told I can’t go out~ Can you come here to pick me up?’
After a while, Mr.Kubota showed up and said “I will take her out. But you say ‘no’?”
No one could say ‘No’ to Mr.Kubota. And Kasai walked out with him. She acted as if she was a queen. Everyone at the scene was left speechless.” said a staff of AKB.
– Journalist recalls account of Kasai saying she prefers older guys. –
After we started the investigation, we soon spotted a car dropping and picking up Kasai in midnight. But they were keeping tight guard as we wrote at the beginning of this article.
On April 6th, we finally got a chance. On that day, Kasai attended a handshake event at Makuhari Messe. But she was actually staying at Mr.Kubota’s house until one hour before the event.
She was in hurry and despite trying to cover face with stole, her face was apparently recognizable.
When a former member of AKB48 saw this photo, she laughed and said “Fans are shaking hands with her, knowing nothing. I feel sorry for them LOL”
On Apirl 9th, finally our camera captured it all. A little past 10 PM, Kasai, after theater performance, briskly walked to a car and headed for Shibuya. The car turned left and right randomly, sometimes flashed hazard lights and stopped on road shoulder. It was an attempt to put reporters following them off track.
At 23:50, the president showed up in front of his house, looking around as he was talking with someone on a cellphone.
At 00:02, Kasai sneaked out from behind a power pole. She was in hoodie and talking with someone on a phone.
She looked around to make sure no one was watching her, and then walked to the president delightfully. The president carried her bag and they intimately went off to his house.
It was 11 AM when she left his house. She headed for Hiroo by taxi. She was dressed in a floral patterned skirt, which means she even keep extra clothes at his house!?
This is the thing. We figured we must ask them more details on this even thought she will graduate soon.
We talked to her as she got on a car in front of her apartment, but she pretended she can’t hear anything we’re talking.
We then called Hori Production, Kasai’s agency.
They answered “We asked Kasai on the matter. She said she had meals with him, but never visited alone nor stayed a night at Mr.Kubota’s house.
We are not in charge of arranging a car for her, and leave it to AKS, but this is something ‘can’t be true’ for us, too.”
Okay, let’s ask Mr.Kubota. When we tried interviewing to him in front of his house, he didn’t stop and went off in his Ferrari. But later, he explained us on a phone.
-Are you in relationship with Kasai?
-Have you ever let her stay at your house?
“Never. AKB members are like my children. I know them since they were only 10 or 11.
She has visited my house, but didn’t stay for a long hours. Until morning? Or sleepover? That never happened. First floor is common space, and we have a recording studio in the building, so they sometimes come to practice singing, especially before recording for CDs. Plus we have chiropractic hospital, too. Not only her but all members living nearby visit the building.”
-But you seemed to have intimate dinner with Kasai
“Again, not only her but I have meals with all Senbatsu members in turn almost everyday.
I think I have meals with members about 300 days a year.
She is right before graduation, and have lots of things that she wants to talk about and ask advises on.
I had dinner with a member who is not Kasai, yesterday.
It’s natural that they have anxiety about their future.
And I think this means I’m the only person in current AKB who can consult and listen to them.”
The article ends here with Shunkan Bunshun gloating about their scoop.