Seems like some AKB48 members can’t catch a break. Scandal and controversy has been hounding some members and it’s Tomomi Kasai’s turn in the spotlight. Again. Weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun has published photos of the 21 year old “rendezvousing” with the president of their management agency, AKS.
The series of photos show Kasai talking with Yasushi Kubota outside his apartment in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward, with the last photo showing the two entering the building. A story that accompanies the photo claims that she was spotted leaving the apartment the next day and wearing different clothes. The married Kubota denies the allegations, saying it is common for him to share a meal with different members of the group but that Kasai has never stayed over at his apartment.
AKB48 is known for having very strict policies about their members not having relationships or even just fraternization with members of the opposite sex. In fact, one of their members, Minami Minegishi, has been demoted to a trainee, after photos of her leaving the house of a member of the boy group Generations. Kasai announced last December that she is graduating from the girl group so she can pursue a solo career. Kubota said that they had some things to discuss, hence the one on one meeting. There is no reaction yet from Kasai or AKB48.
This is not the first time for Kasai to be part of a controversial issue. Shukan Young Magazine delayed and then cancelled the publication of one of their issues that featured a topless Kasai cupped from behind by a young Caucasian-looking boy. Even though the magazine cover was not published, it sparked a heated discussion on decency and child pornography.
[via Tokyo Reporter]