Oba Mina’s Return

To everyone’s surprise, Oba Mina appeared at a recent handshaking event and gave a speech concerning her predicament and suspension, ultimately apologizing to her fans. It was during this speech that Oba Mina also asked that she may resume her idol activities next year, which was met with applause and fan support. Togasaki, the theater manager and key staff member, also approved at this time, announcing that she will return next year.

I think it played out well, and smartly too. It’s a hard position to be in when you’re a huge, reputation-based idol business: If you kick someone out, everybody hears about it and your reputation goes down. As strange as the rules of the Japanese idol and entertainment business are, I think Oba Mina staying after a scandal of her caliber(underage drinking, boyfriend, possibly dating for money) is pretty progressive, even if keeping her in AKB was purely out of the company’s interest. By waiting for the debris to clear and addressing it up front releases the pressure and allows for leeway if you play it right. Both sides win.


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  1. The comeback starts here. Welcome back Minarun!

    Let’s hope the past can be put to rest now. Not that all of this wasn’t already in the past before people went digging for skeletons in other people’s closets.

  2. It will be great for Team 4 to have it’s captain back; I wonder if she’s started learning the Boku no Taiyou stage already. I can’t wait to see her in Higurashi no Koi, but that also means we’ll see less of Kawei Rina who is her under :(

    But I agree, it was well played out, suspending her took off all the heat for a few months while giving her fans something to look forward to.

  3. http://i.imgur.com/5TBT9.jpg
    It’s really good to know that she’s coming back.

  4. Aw yeah Oba Mina! I’m gonna be sooo rich!

  5. Well new year fresh start I guess, gonna be interesting to see how much she is pushed when she comes back, wonder if this is might turn into a case of the prodical wayaward daughter returning? All I know is that if she wants her Capatancy back the she better get her running shoes on because nothing less than a marathon will do for me!

  6. Yes! Oba’s coming back!

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