Nearly 2 weeks has gone by and the latest scandal involving an AKB48 member has reared it’s ugly head. Be aware that this scandal does not directly involve Takamina – she’s not in the wrong at all. AKB48’s leader Takamina has been left deeply embarrased after her mother was arrested for an indecent act with a 15 year old boy! When reports first came out, it was only said that the mother of a 20 year old AKB48 member had been arrested but the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun went even further and printed that it was Takamina’s mother.
It is said that a senior classmate of Takamina’s 15 year old brother made advances towards her mother and thus begun their illicit relationship. The boy in question was involved with 2 others in beating up a classmate. When they themselves were arrested, it was then he blurted out he was having a relationship with an older woman to the cops. He had also been boasting around to his friends that he was having sex with Takamina’s mother. She has admitted to committing a sexual act on the boy last November at her home of all places in Hachioji, Tokyo but she said that she was forced to do it. There was a possible threat made against her son that unless she had sex with him he was going to be beaten up. It is also alleged that both of them went to love hotels! She doesn’t face jail but more likely a fine of 500,000 yen.
Fans are beginning to worry that Takamina could quit AKB48 because of this shameful slur on her family’s name but I doubt that very much. She’ll get a rough ride from the media over the coming weeks that’s for sure – they’ll want to know every little sordid detail about this but Takamina has to stay strong and with support from her friends in AKB48 she’ll get through it. There is no way that any member in AKB48 would allow her to quit. However, on saying that Takamina could very well leave AKB48 for a while until this blows over. It’s unfortunate with GIVE ME FIVE being released next week and there’s going to a lot of heavy promotion to do. It’ll look odd if they do the round of music shows without the lead guitarist in Baby Blossom.
AKB48 fans have bombarded Takamina’s G+ pages with over 10,000 messages of support which is nice to hear.
EDIT: For those that want to know what Takamina’s mother looks like, here’s a piccy of when she appeared on the TV programme Mujack.
If there’s any more developments on this, I’ll update this post.