On February 16th, Takahashi Minami posted an update on No Sleeves‘ official blog expressing her current thoughts.
Earlier this month, it was reported that a mother of an AKB48 member was arrested due to indecent activity with a 15-year-old boy. Some reports indicated that it was the mother of member Takahashi Minami.
Below is a message by Takahashi:
“I’m sorry to report this so late.
At this time,
I would like to apologize for causing everyone to worry,
And for all the trouble I’ve caused.
I’m very sorry.
Thank you for the many warm comments.
This past week,
I’ve thought about many things.
About what I should do…
During that time,
The people who supported me.
The staff, the members, everyone concerned,
And the fans who encouraged me and showered me with warm words.
Because of everyone,
I am able to stand at this place.
I understand there are many opinions,
It can’t be helped if people think I shouldn’t be in AKB.
I would like to continue.
After reading the comments and letters,
And standing at the theater,
I felt I wanted to stay here after all.
One day, I want to stand on my own two feet,
And make my dreams come true.
I think that’s the way I will repay everyone who has supported me.
I would be happy if you would please continue to watch over me warmly.
Please continue to support me.“
– Takahashi Minami