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AKB48 Minegishi Minami and Kashiwagi Yuki unveil their English skills in Yamapi’s TV show

14 Jul

“YamaP no Kiss Eigo” -a TV show which aims to improve Japanese people’s English in a fun manner, pranked AKB48 Minegishi Minami and Kashiwagi Yuki in last week’s episode, bringing their English skills to light. In the show, a foreigner speaking English would call up the girls, pretending to have found their manager’s/friend’s phone. See how each of them reacted below.

Minegishi and her love for the word “slave”

Minegishi Minami appears to be quite flustered at first but quickly understood that her manager had lost his/her phone. When the foreigner was asking about the owner of the phone however, Minegishi shocked everyone by saying it belongs to her “slave”. She triple confirmed this statement, drawing laughter from everyone. The conversation reached a roadblock when they were discussing to meet. Minegishi could not understand the question “What are you wearing?” and had to request for “Kids’ English”. When describing her job as an AKB48 member, Minegishi also described it as a “slave”.

Minegishi later confessed that she thought “slave” was a word meant for someone respectable, and that she had learnt it from Akimoto Yasushi’s lyrics.

Kashiwagi and her gross misinterpretation of the word “this”

Minegishi Minami was asked to nominate another member to prank. The MC requested specifically for Kashiwagi Yuki(due to her scandal), noting that it is a special moment since both Johnny’s and AKB48 members are in the same room when they are making the call to her.

Kashiwagi did not get the foreigner’s words initially and thought “this” was “busu”(japanese word for someone ugly).  Their conversation was so focused on the word “this” that Yukirin thought she had found 1 ugly person. She forgot about this word later and miraculously understood that Minegishi had lost her phone. Their conversation progressed well with Yukirin replying mostly in Japanese, prompting the MC to describe her as a obaasan(probably cos only youngsters would reply in English).

When the prank was explained to Kashiwagi, the MC asked her if she was feeling irritated since she kept mentioning “busu”. Perhaps this was a subtle hint at her scandal but Yukirin deflected it by saying she’ll continue shopping.

AKB48 Team 4 gets revived, Minegishi Minami to become captain

30 Aug

A big announcement was made on August 24th during ‘AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada Mada, Yaranakyaikenai Koto ga Aru~‘ at Tokyo Dome. The old Team 4, which was disbanded back in October 2012, will be revived to house 16 research members who have all been promoted to become regular members.

It was also announced that Minegishi Minami, who was demoted to research student status after her scandal in February this year, will become the new captain of Team 4. After hearing these announcements, Iwatate Saho expressed, “I didn’t think that we would all get promoted at once. I have work even harder than before.” Nishino Miki added, “I didn’t think I would get promoted. The Kenkyuusei all worked hard together, so we all wished to get promoted together. I am very happy that our dream came true.

New Team 4 Members:

Aigasa Moe / Iwatate Saho / Uchiyama Natsuki / Umeta Ayano / Okada Ayaka / Okada Nana / Kitazawa Saki / Kojima Mako / Shinozaki Ayana / Takashima Yurina / Nishino Miki / Hashimoto Hikari / Maeda Mitsuki / Mirayama Yuiri / Mogi Shinobu / Minegishi Minami (team captain)


Fallen girls of AKB48 comment on each other’s scandals

6 Jun

Hello guys, this is one post i’ve been intending to publish for a long time. As the sources are from several places, it took some time before i was able to extract, translate and rearrange it here. Basically, these are media interviews of the scandal-clad AKB48 girls. In the interviews, the girls  talk about their scandals, and also voice opinions about fellow fallen members who have either left the idol business or chosen other forms of punishments.


What OG Hirajima Natsu thinks of Minegishi Minami’s punishment
Takamina: What kinda feelings did you have when you decided to participate in this year’s elections?
Hirajima: My mum told me she would be happy if i participated, but i was very scared. I could have avoided all the tensions of being a participant, but i went to Miichan(Minegishi Minami)’s house to discuss.
Miichan: Yes we talked about it all night long. Like the pros and cons of participating. In the end, we decided to go for it.
Hirajima: When Miichan submitted her papers, i worked up my courage and joined in.
Miichan: I always wanted to know what Hirajima thinks of my decision to stay on as a research student. Afterall, you chose a completely different route by quitting AKB48 and moving on.
Hirajima: I couldn’t choose the route you’re taking now. I think you’re very brave. You chose a tough road and painful road.I was moved by your decision.
Miichan tears up….

Source: Here



What HKT48 members think of Sashihara Rino’s transfer
???: She’s someone we can learn from and she’ll be a great addition to our group, but i feel like there will be a wall between us.
Murashige Anna: If she joins Team H, there might be someone who will have to be dropped out of Team H. I feel kinda scared.
-Interview with Sasshi in private-
Sashihara: I think everyone in HKT48 will dislike me, but since they are all innocent, i think we will become friends quickly.
Interviewer: Do you think the transfer is a good thing eventually?
Sashihara: It is. If not for the transfer, things wouldn’t have changed and i won’t have a goal to work towards like now.
Interviewer: What are your goals for this year’s elections?
Sashihara: If i rank higher, i can appear on TV. And if there’s any additional person who learns of HKT48, it’ll be better.

Source: Here

Kikuchi Ayaka

What Kikuchi Ayaka thinks of Sashihara Rino’s punishment
Kikuchi: Frankly speaking, i think it’s too light a punishment, because i was fired for getting into a scandal last time. However, i can see that she’s working hard.
-Talk about Kikuchi re-auditioning to become a AKB48 member again-
Kikuchi: I was asked about my past unpleasant memories. I was quite shocked, but i hanged on and tried to show them i was working hard.

Source: Here



What Minegishi Minami thinks of Sashihara Rino’s scandal
Minegishi Minami: I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, she should shave her head like me.
Sasshi: No way!

Source: Here


Related post on the stories behind these girls’ scandals here.

Minegishi Minami makes her way back into mainstream media

22 Apr

AKB48’s Minegishi Minami will be on the cover of women’s magazine Fujinkoron, selling April 22nd.  This is her first appearance in a magazine since her sleepover scandal at GENERATIONS member Alan Shirahama’s house back in January. An interview titled “The truth to why I shaved my head” was included in the magazine.

In the interview, she expressed her ardent love and the passion for AKB and talked about how she felt at the time of hair-shaving.

“It was not because I was mentally out of control, but it was a result of thinking what I should do to convey my feeling of apology. And I thought I wanted to convey it in a visible form, then, what went through my mind was “Shaving my head””

Her act has been reported sensationally not only in Japanese media but worldwide, with most reactions being negative.

She said: “Looking back, I think what I did might be an immature and ignorant act.”

She also revealed the reaction of her fellow members, staffs and her family members at the time of incident.

“What broke my heart the most was the fact that I made my parents cry.”

Her parents, especially her mother was shocked as a woman and cried so hard. That was the hardest moment in the whole chain of events.

“I made my parents feel devastated. It’s my duty to practice filial piety and make them feel happy.”

On the reason why she dared to go as far as shaving head to stay in the showbiz, she explained: “There’re countless people who are trying to make a living in Showbiz. But only a handful will be recognized by many people. The reason why I could become one of those handful is because I’m a part of AKB48. The reason why I can join variety kinds of work is also because I’m here in AKB48.”

Regarding her future, she said: “I’ll keep participating in activities as a research student. I will try my best on the stage so that people sense something has changed in me. Also, I want people to see me without a wig. Someday I want to graduate AKB48, celebrated by lots of people…. that is my current goal. “

Credits to akbwrapup for the translations


In addition, she also made an appearance as part of AKB48 in a special episode of “Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!”, a variety show where members have to take academic tests to determine the most stupid member. Although Miichan had been allowed to continue hosting AKB48’s own regular show “Kousagi Dojo” after her scandal, she had been left out of the member lineup for other TV shows ever since. Her appearance this time, plus that magazine coverage, is perhaps a sign that she has been forgiven by the management, and ready to make a comeback.

However, it comes at a price. The media only seems interested in the news value of her post-scandal, judging by the content they are publishing/airing about her. In “Mecha-Mecha Iketeru”, she appeared in a bald-head wig. On the walls of the classroom, a big signage says “Love Ban Law”, as if referencing her scandal. When she asked for permission to remove her bald-head wig, the MC said no, because her wig-less head is only fit for show on YouTube. Throughout the show, he also kept making a dig at her scandal by asking if she’s repenting.

Now, before the Miichan fans misunderstand, please realise that this is a variety show and it was probably filmed this way to make people laugh. Although it was probably very humiliating for Miichan, this is something she’ll need to get over if she wants to continue working in the industry.

No3b members(including Minegishi Minami) make final appearance on Snack Kissa Eden

25 Mar

No3b members Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna and Minegishi Minami have apparently been filming this late night program for 5 episodes before Minegishi Minami’s scandal broke out. The original intent was to end the program at episode 6, and since there was only 1 episode left, Miichan was allowed to return and wrap up the show. Just like Kousagi Dojo, she appeared wearing a wig and a hat.

The last episode features each of the members singing a solo song.

Takamina chose a rock style song “Yume Miru Shoujo Jya Irarenai”  originally sung by Aikawa Nanase, which is rather similar to her “Jane Doe”.

Kojiharu sang Namie Amuro’s “Can You Celebrate?”. I love Kojiharu’s voice but i think her high pitch is too scratchy on the ears.

Miichan sang Hitoto Yo’s “Morai Naki”. Amongst the three, i thought her voice is the weakest but she did quite a decent job especially for such a difficult song.

This episode is a rare find since AKB48 members always perform as a group. I’m glad Kojiharu got a chance to sing solo because i want to see her debut as a solo singer!

Minegishi Minami appears on TV for the first time since shaving her head

2 Mar

Full Show

In the latest episode of AKB48’s midnight show Kousagi Dojo, Minegishi Minami showed up with a new wig on her head, looking somewhat sheepish as she opened the show with her co-host. The new wig, i must say, is 99% similar to her old hairstyle, much better than the one she wore during her first stage as a research student.

Miichan then revealed that she has been allowed to return to the show, and even though she feels apologetic to fellow research students, she hopes to be as useful to the show as possible.

[Updated]Comments from netizens:

“Pls forgive her already. She’s also one reason why AKB48 has gotten popular so far. It’s true that she has done wrong and deserves some blame. But she has supported us in the past and it’s our turn to support her now.”

“She looks cheerful so that’s good.”

“I’m no longer her fan but i hope she works hard for the existing fans.”

“Pls quit the group if you can’t stick to the rules! You’re only sticking to AKB because you’ll be jobless without them right?”

“If you appear on TV with a wig, then there’s no meaning in shaving your head.”

“People make mistakes. It’s just a matter of whether she’s reflecting on it. Ganbare Gachapin!”

Some fans who read my post have said that i’m biased against Miichan. Sorry guys, i’m not a fan of Miichan but not an anti either. If you’ve read my earlier post, you’d realise that i actually find her a talent and staying in AKB is a waste of her time. Anyways, the netizen comments i’ve translated may have made this post very dreary, but these were from the YouTube video, and i’ve not missed out any which attempted to put Miichan in a better light. Of cos, these comments do not reflect the general sentiments of everyone, so u gotta voice it out if you want to support your idol!

Minegishi Minami dons a wig for 1st stage as research student

11 Feb

Credits to akb48wrapup

Basically she apologised again during the MC portion for her scandal, so you can hear her fans shouting words of encouragement off the stage. I actually thought she wouldn’t wear a wig, since ya know, she went all the way to shave it, but perhaps she didn’t want to stand out too much.

I’ve been thinking about her decision to accept punishment instead of just graduating entirely. I admire her courage to start all over again with a generation 14 times later than her, but realistically she should have just resigned. At the age of 20 and having built up her variety skillls and popularity with AKB over the past 7 years, she’s probably ready to take on the outside world like Tomochin and Acchan. She might have to struggle abit at first, but at least she doesn’t have to continue living a restricted life for another..7 years?

Another day, another scandal strikes AKB48

6 Feb


Shunkan Bunshun has yet again gotten a scoop on the famous AKB girls, adding on to the chaos from the Minegishi Minami scandal last week.

This time round, the girl involved is Kashiwagi Yuki, the third most popular member who just declared her support for the love-ban law recently in return for realizing her dreams. According Yukirin’s agency, she was invited by Minegishi Minami to what she thought was a girls’ gathering at a bar on the midnight of 12th January. The gathering turned out to be what Shunkan Bunshun described as a dating party, attended by Ogiwara Takahiro(21) and Sugimoto Kenyu(20), both J-league soccer players, AV actress Kirara(24) and of cos Miichan(20).

The “party” lasted till the next morning.  However, Miichan left at around 3am looking quite drunk. The rest stayed on to sing karaoke until after the bar closed, with Kirara leaving at 7.30am, followed the boys and finally Yukirin at 7.45am.

With Yukirin’s innocent and goody-two-shoes image, it is indeed shocking to learn that she’d stay out to have fun with people she’d never met. But i don’t think this is as grave as what happened with Miichan, so the management will probably sweep it under the carpet.

Let’s stay tuned for the aftermath!

By the way, fans on google+ and japanese forums are demanding for Miichan to be fired for causing trouble again.


Reporter asks Alan Shirahama if he wants to shave his head

5 Feb

Found another article which is slightly juicier. However, i may not have translated it accurately, so take it with a pinch of salt!

A reporter from Tokyo Sports attended a GENERATIONS press event in Osaka on the 1st Feb(note that this was before Alan apologised), where Alan(or another member)  promoted their upcoming live by saying that it’d be so fun that the audience can lose weight easily, so those who wish to diet are encouraged to come. At this point, someone from the press revealed that Minegishi Minami’s goal this year is also to lose weight. Alan did not react to this comment but instead, his member tried to help by saying something totally irrelevant. During the event, there were shouts of “Minegishi” and fans who turned up wearing Gachapin outfits(a cartoon character symbolic of Miichan), but ultimately there was no huge disturbance.

While Alan was moving backstage to rest, the press asked if he had seen Miichan’s infamous YouTube video, but he ignored them completely.

The reporter then decided to ask him directly by joining in the 4000 fans for a handshake. After queuing for 1 hr, the reporter finally faced a smiling Alan and asked “Do you have anything you want to say to Minegishi?”. His face changed upon hearing this and he said “Erm…pls wait a minute.” The reporter pressed on with “Having seen Minegishi’s shaved head, what are the chances of shaving your head?”.  He didn’t respond but looked downcast.

After the reporter left, Alan immediately switched back to professional mode, smiling and interacting with fans behind.


Alan Shirahama apologises for scandal with Minegishi Minami

4 Feb

Shirahama Alan, the guy involved in Miichan’s scandal, appeared at the handshake event for GENERATIONS’ 2nd single “Animal” on 3rd Feb and apologised in front of his fans.

Bowing his head, he said “I’m very sorry for the trouble i’ve caused this time. I’ll work harder in future, so please continue to look after me.”

It took him quite long to apologise huh? But according to Sanspo, he initially refrained from speaking about the scandal for fear of causing more chaos. But he decided to break his silence after seeing Miichan apologising to fans at her handshake event on 2nd Feb.

Alan’s elder sister, Shirahama Loveli, who is a model and TV personality, said that Alan had texted/called her to warn and apologise about his scandal.

In case you want to know more about Shirahama Alan,he is a actor and member of GENERATIONS. His label LDH does not have any dating ban and prefers not to interfere in their talents’ private lives. So that’s probably why they are lying low so far.