Minegishi Minami, the AKB48 member who famously shaved her hair after being the centre of a sex scandal in January this year, has appeared in women’s magazine Fujin Koron, reflecting on her previous behaviour.
According to a JapanCrush report, when Japanese netizens saw the article appear online, they demonstrated that they were still unforgiving of Minegishi’s one-night stand, blasting her attempts to elicit sympathy from former fans.
But has Minegishi suffered enough? Or was her behaviour a betrayal of the most dedicated group of fans in the world of J-pop?Speaking in an interview with the magazine, Minegishi said that "I decided to do it on my own and haven't regretted it at all" although she was hurt by how the public impression of AKB48 was affected by her actions.
Despite being at ease with her decision to shave her hair off, she admitted that "the hardest thing was that I actually made my parents cry".
She went on to talk about her hopes for the future, and that she will run for the group's upcoming general elections in June.