More updates on NMB48 Sutou Ririka’s marriage announcement

Bunshun released more info about her “fiance” below.

  • Mid Twenties, coined as “A”
  • Dated for >1 year
  • Met because of Ririka’s Mum who works at a eatery
  • “A” is a close friend and regular customer of Mum’s eatery
  • “A” and Ririka met at a party.
  • “A” has full acknowledgement from Ririka’s family.
  • “A” was an NMB48 fan and understands her job so they dated indoors at his home.
  • “A” is born in Ehime, studied psychology and was a band member in his school days.
  • Surou Ririka’s SNS has photos of Ehime’s mascot “Mikyan” and T-shirts from unknown bands, possibly thanks to “A” influence.

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An ex-Bunshun reporter appeared in “Viking!” TV show and says that according to the reporter who interviewed “A”, he did not seem to have intentions to marry.

The guests went “OPS” and speculated that she was flustered about the Bunshun expose and didn’t know how to lie so she just turned what should be an “apology” into public proposal.


Nikkansports Q&A with Riripon

Q: Your feelings now?

When i announced it that day, I caused alot of chaos for many people..
Despite knowing the reactions, i wanted to say it and said it. As for how to face it, i discussed with different people. In the end, it’s still up to myself to think about it.

Q: Are you preparing to get married as per tabloid reports?
Yes. But the time is not fixed.

Q: The promise is made?
Yes

Q: Did you get a proposal?
It was at the start of this year. I can’t elaborate, but we will marry after i graduate.

 

Q: When did you start dating and how did you meet?
We met end of last year(another article says it’s last last year) via my mum.

 

Q: Is it wrong for some reports to say he’s a fan?
Yes

Q: How did he react after the announcement?
His feelings did not change. “Let’s definitely live a great life together ok?” he said.

 

Q: You told him that you’d announce it at the Sousenkyo?
Yes.

Q: Why at that place?
I wanted to say it myself. I was really troubled about it, but i really wanted to say it with my own mouth. So i chose that place.

 

Q: You also have the NMB theater as an option, but you wanted more people to know so you chose the Sousenkyo?
Sousenkyo is a special event, an event created with the fans. Though it’s like pouring water on it considering my situation, i wanted to say it no matter what.

Q: You had no choice because Bunshun was going to report it. So you picked Sousenkyo?
They didn’t approach my agency and went straight for my partner. I was the one who discussed with the adults. I didn’t pick Sousenkyo to make an announcement because i wanted to stand out.

 

Q: Were there no other timings?
I could say it later too, but i didn’t want it to go ignored. I worked thus far with a serious attitude. If i ignored it the feelings i treasured would become lies. So i chose the Sousenkyo.

Q: Did you know that the reports were going to be published during the Sousenkyo?
I knew it was all over the Internet. I also knew they went looking for my partner. So i discussed it knowing it was me.

Q: Is it true that he is in the medical industry and mid-twenties?
I can’t say too much as he’s a commoner.

Q: What will you do from now?
Now i’m thinking about the graduation. I’ve also been offered the “no graduation” solution, but if possible i’d graduate.

 

Q: Did you think about graduation when you made the speech?
When i said it, “graduation” is still a thing meant to be discussed in the future. But because i promised to graduate first before marrying, so i thought about graduating.

Q: So you wanted to graduate because both of you had the promise of marrying after you graduate?

-Nods-

Q: So what about your variety shows after graduating?
There are things i want to do since i had dreams entering showbiz. I definitely don’t want to give up on it. Fans have supported me so far so i don’t want to give up.

Q: Will you become a philosopher?
Yes

Q: What kinda genre? Academic or talent?
There are different ways to become one. I can’t say it now. We don’t know what happens in future.

Q: Do you have plans for undergraduate studies?
Yes

Q: You haven’t dismissed your plans to continue as a talent?
Yes.

Q: So you can realise your dreams as long as you are in showbiz?
Because so far i’ve managed to release a philosophy book.

 

Q: Do you have any regrets graduating AKB because of a proposal since you entered the group because you loved AKB?

*cries abit talking about her passion for NMB*
Talks about how she cannot forget someone saying “if you like someone just graduate” to her. Even though it’s the most natural thing to say she doesn’t want to give up her activities because of the memories with NMB and bonds with fans.

Q: Did you make the decision because your Mum is worried of you being in Osaka?
I made the decision on my own.

Q: Did you consult any of the members?
I didn’t speak to them directly.

Q: After the announcement?
On that day i spoke to all the NMB members. I also apologised to the senpais the next day. The members spoke their thoughts.

Q: What were the reactions?
They thought it was a joke. Because there were no audience in the event they thought they had to heat up the atmosphere. Seeing that i was really sorry to them. They didn’t blame me and listened.

Q: You talked to Sayanee?
I told her i’d take the responsibility and she replied “You came after thinking about it.”

Q: So everyone supports you?
I think they have various thoughts and don’t know what to do. The captain was also very worried. I want to talk to them again.

Q: There are lotsa fans who are shocked.
I really like my fans who love my non-idolish sides, even though i’ve hurt them. But i’ve never faked myself when i speak to them. From now, even if they criticise and hate me i will continue to face it and realise my dreams.

Q: I don’t know when you received a proposal but if you did, why didn’t you pull out of Sousenkyo?
I really wanted to work on it seriously either way, so i didn’t pull out. For the sake of making things exciting for the group, i chose to participate.

Q: You weren’t proposed to at that point in time.
We already had those feelings at that point in time.

Q: You received the proposal from the guy
Yes

Q: What about the ring?
I didn’t get it.

Q: So you decided to marry after the proposal?
Before that. I started to think about graduating after finding a person I like. But i wanted to participate in group activities. I couldn’t give up on it.  I was groomed by the group. I really like this group. But i worked hard on both sides.

 

Q: What do you like about him?
I don’t know. When we first met, i liked him. But i didn’t understand it at first. But i know it now.

Q: You aren’t pregnant?
No.

Q: Were you thinking about the love ban rule?
It’s just my perspective, but the love ban rule is something you decide for yourself.

Q: Do you know there are 2 sides to the discussion of idols in love?
Are you asking about my views? When i didn’t know about love, i put in all my heart into the Group, without time to think about love. But when i started to like someone, i thought that someone who is restrained in love, isn’t in a relationship when considering the love ban rule.

 

Q: You’d be shocked by your senior’s criticisms in normal circumstances.
I’ve always liked this group so to have poured water on an event the senpais have built up, i’m really sorry about it.

Q: You didn’t think that they’d react like that?
I was already prepared for all the criticisms. Not that i didn’t think about it, it’s just that i wanted to say it more.

 

Q:You didn’t pull back despite what others were saying?
Yes. I wanted to say it myself.

Q: When did you finally decided to say it?
When i decided to say it in Sousenkyo, i spoke with many people until the last minute, and checked with many people. A portion of them.

Q: What about (marriage) greetings with his parents?
Nope. They know we had intentions to marry when we dated, but they didn’t know i was going to announce it at that time.

Q: Both families knew you were dating?
Yes.

Q: When will be the official greetings?
Not official, but my partner has relayed the news.

Q: Engagement ceremony?
He promised it.

Q: What kind of family do you want to build?
A blissful one.

Q: What image do you have of a marriage?
I want to know about it. At first when i thought about it, this person is good. I wanted to be with him always so i wanted to get married.

 

Q: Does he want you to quit being an idol?
He respects my thoughts.

Q: It was a long distance relationship?
Yes.

Q:Has he seen your performances?
No.

Q:He’s said to be your Mum’s friend, but does he know you’re a celebrity?
I don’t know if i mentioned it to him when i first met him.

Q: How often did you meet since it’s a long distance relationship?
It was half and half. I had many schedules in Osaka, so we didn’t meet much. But we communicate.

Q: You met when you came to Tokyo for work?
He took care not to meet outside.

Q: About him being your Mum’s friend?
I don’t know. When we first met, it was my Mum’s birthday party.

Q: Have you thought that you’d be in love whilst in NMB, before meeting him?
Even if i wasn’t an idol, i don’t think i’d be in love or would get married.

Q: He’s your first boyfriend.
Yes

Q: Do you feel your heart pounding?
It did, even now.

Q: When did you first meet?
Before we started dating. We were acquaintances from before, but i don’t really remember it.

Q: When was the birthday party?
You might be thinking it’s just a politically correct answer, but we met some years ago.

Q: So it was a birthday party some years ago?
Erm…some years ago. Last last year’s November.

Q: So that whole year you were in love?
I respected him as a human.

 

Q: He asked you out?
Yes.

Q: You liked his brains and not his looks?
It was his appearance….i can’t explain it, it’s like he doesn’t have ulterior motives. Or the color of his eyes.

Q: When is your graduation?
It’s not decided.

 

Q: Do you want to get married this year?
I’m not in a hurry, i just want to be together. Marriage is something that can be done anytime. I will discuss it and decide.

Q: What activities will you do from now?
I will work my hardest.

Q: What’s one thing you’ll want to do definitely?
Talk with all the members

Q: Will you be okay for this weekend’s handshake event? You’ll probably be criticised alot.
This is natural. I will speak properly with everyone.

Q: You wanted to aim for undergraduate studies, but why idol activities?
-Kinda just talked about her passion for NMB-

Q: Do you have any regrets for treasuring your own feelings?
Yes. It’s not like i have no regrets. I’m reflecting. I will take on all the reactions. It was good to say in my own words.

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My thoughts:

My first impression of Riripon from years back was – she is someone who knows how to media play like Sashihara. She was not a yet that crafty, but someone whom i thought was desperate enough for success and recognition. I attributed that to her background (fallen princess of a rich family). 

The Sousenkyo announcement was yet another living proof of that hunger. Using her “philosophy” as a shield, she claims that a restrained love isn’t a relationship and therefore she didn’t break any rules. In order not to make herself look like a sinner, she re-packaged an apology into a marriage announcement forcing others to congratulate her instead. 

To cap it off, she still managed to give herself a glorious send-off(“oh they wanted me to stay but i promised to graduate”) plus retain her career as a talent, all the while donning a straight face. 

What a scary girl. She’s totally on another level.

I wonder how many fans believe in her “sincerity” and “philosophies”.

 

[AKB48 Sousenkyo]Reactions to Sutou Ririka’s marriage announcement

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  • Oshima Yuko apologises for using vulgarities to express her anger at Ririka.
  • Takamina called it a risky move. She’s also angry about management not doing anything despite knowing very well what reactions would follow, assuming management knew about it beforehand. (Source)
  • Sayanee says she can’t comment much yet but considering the trust and what she knows of Riripon, she cannot entirely blame for her what she did.
  • Milky likes Riripon and would be worried if she’s not happy. (Source)
  • Sashihara first said she’d support Ririka but backtracks in another interview saying “idols should remain idols onstage“. Insiders call her out for being routinely superficial.
  • Riripon is questioned by media at the airport but she did not say anything. She wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “DAMN”. It is seen as a challenge to what Yuko thinks of her.
  • Nogizaka46 decided to walk the flowery path by commenting on Mayuyu’s impending graduation. (Source)

[AKB48 Sousenkyo]Bunshun exposes Sutou Ririka’s relationship with a man and she digs her way out by announcing marriage

Timeline

1 day before Sousenkyo: Bunshun teases on a major scoop involving NMB48 member.

Sousenkyo: While thanking her fans for putting her in 20th position, NMB48 Sutou Ririka said “I started to like someone for the first time. I, NMB48 Sutou Ririka,will marry. It sounds nonsensical, but i am serious. I have always received your support and realised many dreams. In the midst of it, i have found a person i really love. I have never lied as an idol, and like everyone as myself. My feelings to marry is real. Thank you.”

Whilst everyone thought she was joking, the MC pressed her for confirmations and asked about her partner. That was when things started to get serious. “You guys taught me about love. I really want to live seriously.”

Late night: Bunshun releases article detailing Sutou Ririka’s sleepover at a man’s house on the night of 8th May 2017. When confronted, she explained that it was a “friend”. No comments from agency. The man is in the medical/pharmaceutical industry.

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Edit: Agency has confirmed her statements.


Past, present, future lords of AKB48 express their shock and anger

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“I don’t know what to say.” -Yamamoto Sayaka

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“I always thought that someone would announce it one day, but to think that it’s Riripon. She’d been a center afterall.” – Kojima Haruna(in live commentary)

Oshima Yuko was doing an instagram live and expressed her feelings by showing  her cap.

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Takamina says her feelings are the same as Yuko’s white cap.

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Watanabe Mayu’s reaction says it all

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My first reaction: This girl has the same media playing skills as Sashihara
Secondary reaction: That’s….a joke right?
Final reaction: Wells, this is how 48Group has degraded thanks to Sashihara and her fans. And that is why Okada Nana and Takahashi Juri are openly venting their frustrations in their speeches. 

AKB48 General Elections 2017 will be the coldest event in history

AKB48「第9回選抜総選挙」荒天の場合、無観客で開催へ…指原莉乃「怒りで複雑です」

In summary, due to likelihood of thunderstorms the concert is canceled.

Fans with a ticket will not even be allowed to watch off-stage as the voting results are revealed, because obviously the management could not scramble in time to find another venue to fit everyone. The members will hold their ranking ceremony in private and the results will be streamed live on TV/in 48 theaters.

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Apparently hotels in Okinawa are nearly full due to Sousenkyo! Poor folks!

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If you are planning to watch the worst Sousenkyo in history, here are some links:

4.15~9.24pm Japan Time

Facebook Live & Chatroom:https://www.facebook.com/groups/RC4437839/ (BS+Fuji HD Ver.)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jgt84  (BS+Fuji HD Ver.0)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jgt82 (BS+Fuji Ver.1)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jguis (BS+Fuji Ver.2)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jguir (Fuji Ver.3)

Dailymotion:http://dai.ly/x5jguiq (BS+Fuji Ver.4)

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs2 

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs3 

WIX直播台:http://vbn1599512005.wixsite.com/akb48-taiwan-clubs4 

VTV直播台:https://vaughnlive.tv/ucure

Credits to AKB48 Taiwan Fan Club

 

Watanabe Mayu is No.1 in AKB48 Thailand General Elections 2017

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Thailand has been holding unofficial elections prior to the real one since 2013, making this their 5th time. The voting period was from 3rd May to 4th June and 12,625 online votes were cast. The results are below:

  1. Watanabe Mayu (5th straight win) 1988 votes
  2. Kato Minami 1463 votes
  3. Miyawaki Sakura 946 votes
  4. Oguri Yui 504 votes
  5. Matsui Jurina 467 votes
  6. Kato Rena
  7. Yokoyama Yui (Team 8)
  8. Okada Nana
  9. Shitao Miu
  10. Chouku Rena
  11. Kashiwagi Yuki
  12. Omori Miyu
  13. Taniguchi Megu
  14. Tashima Meru
  15. Yokoyama Yui (Captain)
  16. Tanaka Natsuki

Izuta Rina who transferred to Bangkok48 was ranked 34th.

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Thailand Site

Highlights of AKB48 General Elections 2017 in Akimoto Yasushi’s own words

 

Excerpt from an article that was published on 28th May 2017.


I was asked about the highlights of this year, but wouldn’t the fans know better?I asked a few fans, indeed the biggest attention will be whether HKT48’s Sashihara would win again this year. Besides the exposure on TV, the declaration of it being her last Sousenkyo makes us question if this would be a beautiful ending. Another question is, how would Yamamoto Sayaka’s withdrawal from the event affect the results? It is said that only Yamamoto can topple Sashihara, but her withdrawal shocked the fans. But we can’t simply deduce that Sashihara’s win is definite. It’s said that a new AKB48 won’t be born if Sashihara isn’t toppled, so the conservative fans are banding together despite being in different camps. It seems like they are amassing votes for orthodox idol Watanabe Mayu who also happens to have announced this being her last Sousenkyo. In other words, starting from votes from Yamamoto Sayaka and Kashiwagi Yuki, this time too, those fans who are wishing for the return of the years when AKB48 were orthodox idols, are raising “anti-Sashihara” votes.

Also, the united SKE48 fans might also concentrate fully on Matsui Jurina and bring her the win. Miyawaki Sakura’s growth is also something to look forward to.

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Akimoto san, you don’t need the votes to tell you how much we miss the original AKB48. The number of fans who have left already says it all.

That said, the new AKB48 single will be released tomorrow and if you sincerely believe that voting will change AKB48 for the better, pls vote for Watanabe Mayu becos she = AKB48.


Purchase CD(with Voting Ticket) here

 

 

Performances from The Music Day 2016

The Music Day is an annual music festival by Nihon TV. This year it featured some 71 acts spanning 11 hours.
Highlights include: Johnny’s shuffle medley, NEWS and Arashi’s new song.

The show was simultaneously aired on cable channel GEM throughout Asia. Hopefully those with the channel watched it!


 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jfccd_%EF%BD%8E%EF%BD%85%EF%BD%97%EF%BD%93-%E6%81%8B%E3%82%92%E7%9F%A5%E3%82%89%E3%81%AA%E3%81%84%E5%90%9B%E3%81%B8-the-music-day_webcam

NEWS – Koi wo Shiranai Kimi e [NEW SONG!!!!]

Hey!Say!JUMP – Weekender/Maji Sunshine

Sexy Zone – Sexy Zone

Kanjani 8 – Medley

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jf6yl_160702-kinki-kids-%E3%83%95%E3%83%A9%E3%83%AF%E3%83%BC-%E8%96%94%E8%96%87%E3%81%A8%E5%A4%AA%E9%99%BD_tv
Kinki Kids – Flower/Bara to Taiyo

Arashi – One Love/Happiness

Arashi – Power of the Paradise [NEW SONG!!!!]

Johnny’s Shuffle Medley

NMB48 – Boku wa Inai

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jfcno_160702-ske48-pareo-wa-emerald-the-music-day_music

SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald

AKB48 – Love Trip

Nogizaka46/Keyakizaka46 – Dream Collaboration

 

Kobukuro – Mirai