It seems like J-pop netizens aren't all that forgiving when it comes to sex scandals and shaving heads after all. AKB48 member Minami Minegishi, who figured in a controversial "walk of shame" incident last January appears on the cover of women’s magazine Fujin Koron and gives an honest interview. But netizens aren't having any of it and blasted her for doing so.
AKB48’s Minami Minegishi caught leaving man’s apartment, shaves head & posts tearful YouTube apologyEntertainment Features Cherrie Lou Billones on Feb 1 2013
In its latest issue, tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported that AKB48 member Minami Minegishi spent a night at the home of pop-group Generations member Alan Shirahama and posted a photo of her leaving his house on the morning of January 17th. The 20-year old pop star was seen wearing a white breathing mask, a cap, and an oversized jacket, as she strolled on the sidewalk outside Shirahama’s apartment building in Setagaya Ward. The scandal caused AKB48’s management to demote her to kenkyuusei (“trainee level") beginning February 1, as stated in the band’s official blog.