A scene of AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki shedding tears during a Team B theater performance on the 22nd June 2015 has gotten mixed reactions from the fans. This happens after photos of her with NEWS Tegoshi Yuya was published in Bunshun recently.
In the performance she’s seen hiding her face and seemingly weeping whilst in the middle of a song. The YouTube video has garnered over 400,000 views with most logging snide comments.
Some unconvinced fans posted “can’t see her tears” and “isn’t that fake”.
On the hand, some fans were shocked to see this side of Kashiwagi, as she is not the type to show her emotions in public.
Perhaps this is due to the song “Shonichi” being performed at that time, which is a meaningful song especially for the 3rd generation and original members of Team B.
Speculations that 12th July is X-Day for clarifications
Idol magazine writer predicts that AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki’s camp might continue to remain quiet about her scandal, or respond to it, and if there’s a X-Day to it, that would be around 12th July 2015.
“Kashiwagi Yuki was appointed tourism ambasssador for her birthplace Kagoshima back in 12th July 2012. Her appointment attracted alot of media reports at that time. Since her contract is for a period of 3 years, she cannot do anything that is akin to betraying her hometown in the meantime.”
Being a CM character is an important job in itself, but Kashiwagi is someone who is known to have a great love for her hometown, so there are expectations from the Kagoshima community, and the ‘debt’ of receiving a considerable amount of taxes. If it ends up that the image of the tourism ambassador is tarnished, it might also affect the prospects of her juniors.
“In the 48Group, if there is another member from Kagoshima to bring up, that would be HKT48 Miyawaki Sakura. She was appointed as a center alongside Watanabe Mayu in single “Kibouteki Refrain” and ranked 7th in this year’s Sousenkyo so her chances of being appointed the next Kagoshima ambassador is high. However, if Kashiwagi’s scandal gets big, there will be no chances for 48Group members to be appointed.”
AKB48 not appearing for Music Station 2hr SP on 26th June 2015
Speculations are that this is a move to avoid drawing more attention to the scandal since NEWS Tegoshi Yuya will be attending.Furthermore, members like Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Kawaei Rina and Shimazaki Haruka were recently slotted for a theater performance that night, making fans wonder why their schedules were cleared suddenly.
A reporter thinks this could be due to member Matsui Sakiko’s graduation performance, but it could also be linked to the scandal. Especially when Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who was caught on a late night date with Tegoshi Yuya last year, will also be attending with her boyfriend, vocalist of Sekai no Owari, this could very well turn out to be a “love square” broadcast.
NEWS and AKB48 are also scheduled to appear on TV Tokyo’s Music Festival on the 24th June 2015. However, AKB48’s parts will be recorded whilst NEWS will appear live, so there is no chance for both groups to meet.