The AKB48 Theater Manager Togasaki is currently investigating rumours that Team 4 captain Mina Oba has been drinking sake according to his Twitter account. As this rumour pertains to Minarun before she officially joined AKB48 I just don’t see why he’s bothering. Minarun looks like a sensible young lady to me and I know that she’s still only 19 and not allowed to drink alcohol but I don’t think she’d do anything as stupid as get caught drinking sake in public especially not now as she’s got an important role in AKB48. I guess we’ll know soon what the results of his investigation came up with.
EDIT: I thought this was just a small scandal of underage drinking but it’s growing into something far bigger than I imagined which could threaten Minarun’s career in AKB48. Apparently her scandal stems from her blog which she’s boasted about drinking and having a boyfriend which doesn’t mean anything if the relationship was over by the time she joined AKB48. What is far more damaging is she’s been talking about doing compensation dating (enjo kousai) and talking shit about Aki-P. It seems that Nito Moeno might be dragged into this whole sorry scandal too as she’s mentioned that she had a boyfriend as well in 2009. I fear that Minarun is going to be in a whole heap of trouble if these rumours prove to be true. It’s a damn shame as I really like Minarun a lot. I’d hate to see her get fired but AKB48 have an image to uphold. Having a member that took part in prostitution (doesn’t matter if it was non sexual) will tarnish that image and management may have no alternative but to fire her.
Another Team 4 member that’s also being investigated by TGSK is Anna Mori but it looks like she could be fine. Her personal blog was contained to have entries that said she had a boyfriend for 2 years but it was all over 3 months before she joined AKB48. They were communicating after she joined and might still have been harbouring some feelings for him too.
I’ll post more information on this breaking scandal when I find something. It’s just incredible how far wotas will go to punish some idols they feel have betrayed them.