Akimoto Yasushi touches on AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki’s recent scandal

16 Jun

On the 13th June 2015, Akimoto Yasushi appeared on a radio show and talked about AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki’s scandal with NEWS Tegoshi Yuya.

The MC first showed some care by commenting “It has been tough for you.”

Akimoto then opens up,”Yes, various things have happened. What should be done about it…everytime it happens, the members of AKB are of course living things, so somehow when I create a format for everyone to follow, not all can accept it. You can’t predict it can you?”

When asked what will happen to Kashiwagi, Akimoto said “What will happen? I also don’t know. I am asking the same to my staff.”

With several scandals having happened to the other members so far, Akimoto san has always managed to twist the situation around and turned it into a plus. “It was interesting,but the days when i can do this and that is over. Up till now, there has been smart(or stylish?) ways to extend the careers of underground idols when negative things occur. But increasingly, whatever you do it doesn’t seem that way anymore. It’s difficult to make it interesting now,” he said.

On the string of scandals that have occurred – “It is tough but when people get together and work towards the same goal, different things will happen. Some(fans) will cheer you on whilst some will fault you, “said Akimoto, indicating that he has no choice but to let fans decide how they want to receive the scandal.


Edited the last sentence becos apparently some are taking the word “judgement” too literally. 

In the radio show, Akimoto san also talked a little about Sashihara and Shimazaki Haruka. I could not catch everything but he said Sashihara’s successful stint in HKT may or may not be a good thing. Several years ago, he thought Shimazaki Haruka was promising but one day a magazine described Paruru as “salty” on their cover and he learnt from the theater managers that she had no enthusiasm so she went through a pitiful period.

7 Responses to “Akimoto Yasushi touches on AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki’s recent scandal”

  1. anonymous June 16, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    Because there wasn’t too many controversy around Kashiwagy’s scandal I thought the scandal wasn’t really that big or rather there were anything between the two of them. But Yuki hasn’t saying anything and the way Akimoto talked … well it seems they indeed had something in the past ……

    I think as well in this case when a popular member is involve in this type of scandal, it is up to her fans to decide if they want to support her or not kind of like Miyuki, but I think her fans are still gonna support her they kind of get used to members getting in a scandal anyway.

  2. Denny Sinnoh June 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    Too bad about the “scandal”. She has always been such a trooper about everything, and all her service to the organization it is hard not to support her.

    Glad she likes blondes however. If I were only 20 years younger.

  3. Denny Sinnoh June 16, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    RE: “Paruru as “salty” on their cover and he learnt from the theater managers that she had no enthusiasm”

    She looks so great on every magazine or ad I have seen her in. Hard to believe that she would just phone it in. Let some of the other girls step up, and give her a rest maybe.

    • Mii June 17, 2015 at 2:57 am #

      Many old team 4 girls actually didn’t seem very motivated due to complacent and staffs have complained about them before. I think Shimazaki got a little better but there’s a reason she have always been criticized for being lazylol

  4. Mii June 17, 2015 at 2:53 am #

    The thing about the scandal is there have been so many scandals with AKB that I think certain fans are desensitized to it and it’s not that big a deal. It helped that Sashi, Minegishi, Milky have recovered from their own scandals and some even came out stronger than before so fans showed they can still support them and management is more or less letting fans decide how these things goes. Even Nogizaka’s Sayuri recovered from her scandal and selling out all her handshake slots and her was worst than any dating scandal lol..


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