NMB48 management haven’t said anything to the press about a scandal but it seems pretty obvious to all the fans that something has been going on behind the scenes with 4 NMB48 members. I did mention about a rumoured scandal involving some male fans being invited to a hotel room with 4 NMB48 members. Who knows if that rumour is true or not? What we know already is that 2 members (Akari Yoshida and Shiori Matsuda) have already requested to be suspended which has been accepted but now 2 other important Team N front girls who would have been guaranteed a place in the senbatsu for their 2nd single which is released on October 19th have now been mysteriously dropped with no word why this has taken place. They are Rina Kondo and Miyuke Watanabe. There is no other explanation for this demotion other than they’ve done something wrong and are being punished for it. I hope we’ll be told what they’ve done soon enough. They’ve been replaced by Yuki Yamaguchi, Ayaka Murakami and Natsumi Yamagishi.
So now the senbatsu lineup for the new single which still does not have a title looks like this:
It all started so well for NMB48. A record breaking selling debut single and the future was looking rosy for them. This ‘scandal’ has temporarily derailed them a bit but I’m sure they’ll bounce back. In the light of recent scandals it’s clear that AKB and NMB management will not tolerate any more of them and it wouldn’t surprise me if all of the 000 family members have been given a warning to abide by the rules in their contract and that any further scandals in the future will result in perhaps them being fired.