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”.

 

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[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. 

Kawatani Enon to stop activities after another scandal

Gesu no Kiwami Otome vocalist Kawatani Enon(27) has sent a fax to the media announcing his hiatus. This comes after he admitted to drinking with underage talent Honoka Rin(19), his new girlfriend.

According to Bunshun, the 2 met each other at a bar “P” in Sangenjaya. They are said to be living together and were spotted going on a overnight trip with a group of friends to Tochigi, where they picked fruits and enjoyed the onsen.

Both their agencies confirmed their relationship, with Honoka’s side also admitting that she is currently living in Kawatani’s mansion.

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Now Becky seems like the pitiful one..

Becky and Kawatani Enon finally admits to their affair and apologies

With Gesu no Kiwami Otome vocalist Kawatani Enon officially divorced and Becky’s return to TV, i will make a final post on them and move on. 

Becky made a return to TV on 13th May, appearing on Nakai Masahiro’s “Kin Sma”. MC Nakai and Becky had a heart to heart talk about her scandalous affair with Gesu no Kiwami Otome vocalist Kawatani Enon, which tabloid Bunshun exposed at the start of 2016.

-Opening-
Becky: Next week i got permission to apologize directly to his wife.
Nakai: What’s this? When did this happen?
Becky: After the news broke, we talked and I was told that it’d be good with just 3 of us around…
Nakai: Who said?
Becky: His wife.I intended to cut off all ties with the Guy, if possible i’d like it to be 1-on-1 with her, i said so selfishly. Even though i came from the stance of having to apologise.
Nakai: I also think that your way would be better..
Becky: Yes. After some time, i asked again and got permission. So it’d be next week. But that’s a place where i communicate my feelings to his wife. I have nothing to say to the Guy.

-Main Segment-
Nakai: It’s been long since u ate with someone?
Becky:  Yes
Nakai: Were you alright?
Becky: …I wasn’t
Nakai: There is one thing i hope you’ll abide by today. I hope you don’t lie.
Becky: Yes.
Nakai: But if there’s something you can’t talk about, i hope you can be direct about it and just say “I can’t talk about it” without lying. I think that’d be better. I feel like there’s alot of things you can’t say.
Becky: I understand.
Nakai: What was tough for you?
Becky: I was the one who hurt others, so i’m not in the position to say, but it was the guilt from hurting another woman in this way, and the strict frank words which came my way. I caused confusion and sadness to alot of people, I couldn’t work, and the reality of my love not turning out the way i imagined.
Nakai: Becky’s feelings…only Becky will know. As for your fault, perhaps it’s only your fault. What did you do that was bad?
Becky: Falling in love with a guy with a wife, hurting his wife deeply. Hurting people related to my work, and my fans.
Nakai: Did you lie in that press conference?
Becky: Yes. Meeting that guy and liking him, going out with him… after that I came to know that he had a wife. But, because i knew both of us had feelings for each other, i told him “Then lets date after you get divorced”.
Nakai: You realised that you messed up the order in the midst of it.
Becky: Yes. It’d be great if i had braked at that point. Whilst agreeing to being just “friends”, we met time and again, my feelings also grew by the day. Honestly, it became really complicated. During the press conference, saying we’re not dating was half a lie, but saying we’re not dating is also somewhat true.
Nakai: But you liked him, and he liked you.
Becky: Yes
Nakai: Were you not in love?
Becky: It was love.
Nakai: You were in love, but not dating?
Becky: That sounds like a childish excuse.
Nakai: That’s it. That’s kind of….It’d be better if you were clearer about it. Going on trips, and still saying you’re not dating, that wouldn’t be accepted..
Becky: You’re right.
Nakai: You were dating right? In terms of feelings.
Becky: Yes. I think we were cheating at the point when our feelings were known to each other.
Nakai: So after your press conference, the LINE conversations were leaked? What came out?
Becky: The night before the press conference, i’d typed “Thank you Bunshun” etc. “With this we could probably go out officially” etc. At that time i was immersed in my feelings, i wanted to date. Sorry about that…
Nakai: Are you still seeing him now?
Becky: No. We stopped contacting from mid January.
Nakai: Was that because of the enviroment, or simply because you don’t want to?
Becky: The week after the reports came out, his wife’s interview was published. That was when i first came to know about her feelings. I realised how i hurt his wife..and how big my mistake was. I realised this love was wrong, so i stopped contacting him.
Nakai: Why is it wrong?
Becky: Because i realised i spoilt the relationship between a married couple. In time, we might break up, even though the order was wrong.  In the interview, his wife had feelings for him. She also looked forward to visiting his hometown in Nagasaki. I realised i’d done the worst thing.
Nakai: When was that? During New Year? You already knew he was married?
Becky: Yes. I really committed the worst mistake. I wasn’t able to think from her perspective. I was only thinking about myself.
Nakai: Why did you go to his hometown during the New Year? Were you prepared to offer your greetings somewhere?
Becky: He invited me to meet the kids of his relatives, so i went. It was a place that i couldn’t go in any case. My feelings grew so much that i couldn’t see what was around me. I didn’t have the courage to turn him down. If i did, i was worried that his feelings would also leave me…i’m really ashamed of myself. There were so many chances to put a brake to it, but i didn’t.
Nakai: You don’t love him anymore?
Becky: No..
Nakai: You don’t love him anymore?
Becky: After the news reports, i still loved him. Frankly, after everything died down months later, i had thoughts to meet him and start a relationship. I thought otherwise after learning of his wife’s feelings and seeing what a huge mistake i’ve made.
Nakai: So a love that can’t be pursued=not liking someone immediately?
Becky: It doesn’t happen in a second. Firstly, in my head i’d be thinking “i don’t love him, i don’t love him”,after that my heart might have followed.
Nakai: Now, do you love(him)?
Becky: No
Nakai: Right. Even though you loved him so much in the past.
Becky: Yes…i did.
Nakai: It was a huge 6 months. You had a very sincere image, but you were not decisive enough during the press conference. The betrayal is something that can’t be denied – to the people who watched it.
Becky: To the fans, and people of the world, sorry for causing so much trouble. There were alot of mistakes in that press conference in January. I’m in the industry where i communicate, but i didn’t tell the truth. I’m reflecting deeply. As a human, a professional, i committed the worst. I am reflecting for hurting so many people. I hope to earn your forgiveness but, i hope you’d also allow me to restart my TV work from zero.
Nakai: You didn’t lie today right?
Becky: There’s no lies. I won’t betray again, really sorry.
Nakai: I think you’ve really learnt your lesson this time so i think you’ll carry these feelings for awhile. You’ll get bashed too so ..lets work hard together!

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Gesu no Kiwami Otome vocalist Kawatani Enon blogs after”KinSma” broadcast

To everyone

After watching today’s broadcast, i feel like i have to write this no matter what so i posted this without informing my agency.

Firstly, the contents in LINE which Bunshun Shukan published was all real.

Initially, the fax from me telling everyone i was only friends with Becky – that was a lie. We were in a relationship. I am really sorry about lying. I told her we would be friends until i got divorced. I didn’t see what was around and didn’t consider the feelings of those around me. I caused 2 people to be unhappy.

Threading on my wife’s feelings, bringing Becky to my hometown – that was my decision. To both my wife and Becky, i’m really sorry for that.

As to the question of “Who should i apologise to?”
This is not limited to my wife, Becky, the fans and relatied personnel.

I said something to Netizens who bashed with thoughtless comments. There were people who lined up and posted violent words like “Die”,”Dissappear” on Becky’s and my SNS. I couldn’t take it anymore. (Probably refers to last article in this.)

I shouldn’t have said it in public, i also did not have the rights to say it. In the end, more misunderstandings followed. I was too childish and i’m reflecting.

Also, as to why I’m not on hiatus while Becky is already doing so.
There is no other reason other than the fans who have waited for me. I can’t betray the fans who are willing to listen to my music. It may sound all pretty, but i just wanted to sing the songs that i’ve created with the members. I may sound selfish, but that’s the reason.

You may be thinking “You released Ryoseibai album so what are you talking about?”, but that’s the only thing i could do. I have not changed my mindset, that is, the most important thing is for fans to enjoy. (Ryoseibai translates to ‘Both sides are at fault’ – fans have drawn links between the lyrics and his affair with Becky. In other words, he is riding on the hype surrounding his affair?!)

I did have an affair with Becky, gave my wife distress and cheated on her. I caused alot of confusion to my members, the staff, related personnel, my fans and Becky’s fans. Really sorry.

I’m sorry for releasing this post at this timing.

From now, i will face fans properly with our music, and work hard in both indigo la End and Gesu no Kiwami Otome. Please take care of me.

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Bunshun reports of NMB48 Kinoshita Haruna(17) in an extramarital affair

NMB48 underage member Kinoshita Haruna(17) is alleged to be in an affair with Estate24 CEO Akita Shintaro(28+). In a 6th May live streaming on NicoNico, Bunshun showed photos of the 2 walking in Shibuya and said they stayed over in Ritz Carlton Hotel in Roppongi.

週刊文春が『NMB48』の木下春奈の不倫を報じる 相手は逮捕歴ありの会社社長
Shoes and handbag are similar to what Kinoshita showed off in her blog.

週刊文春が『NMB48』の木下春奈の不倫を報じる 相手は逮捕歴ありの会社社長
For other pics, please check here.

Estate24 CEO Akita Shintaro is said to have been arrested in 2013 on suspicions of frauding Mizuho Bank 200 million yen. He married sister of an ex-NMB48 member – Muro Kayoko, and they have a son born in 2014.(Source) He is said to have interactions with AKB48 members as well. (Source)

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Background Story

On 19th April, Kinoshita posted a photo of homemade curry in her Instagram, commenting on how delicious it was and how she strives to be a better cook. What attracted eyeballs was an angry comment left on that post.

NMB48の未成年アイドル、“元メンバーの姉の夫”と不倫!? インスタに「実名告発コメント」

NMB48の未成年アイドル、“元メンバーの姉の夫”と不倫!? インスタに「実名告発コメント」

Muro Kayoko, sister of ex-NMB48 member Muro Kanako, took to her instagram and left this message. “Having an affair with ex-member’s sister’s husband and causing them to divorce, you can sure cook in the house where the wife and children lived!”


No comment from management..

Kis-My-Ft2 Fujigaya Taisuke and Takimoto Miori have broken up

Kisumai’s Fujigaya and Takimoto Miori, who did not deny their relationship when news broke in June last year, have reportedly broken up. This was mainly due to a change in management for Kis-My-Ft2 after SMAP’s disbandment saga earlier this year.

“Kis-My-Ft2 was previously managed by I, who left Johnny’s Jimusho in a bid to go independent. The new manager  told Fujigaya that relationships are NG” – showbiz pro

After the relationship news broke, it seems that staff lectured Fujigaya. Takimoto’s heart also grew cold. The final straw was K’s(new manager) directions after the SMAP saga.

“In Feb this year, K persuaded Fujigaya so they talked about ending the relationship. She also heard of complicated issues so they progressed to talk of breaking up.” – acquaintance of Takimoto

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