Who is Minami Minegishi?
Minami Minegishi is one of the original members of AKB48 having made her debut in 2005 with Team A. She has been with AKB48 since the group’s early days joining Atsuko Maeda who debuted with the group on December 8, 2005. Minegishi was ranked at #15 after the 2011 AKB48 General Election, an election that saw Maeda being named the most popular member for the second time in her career! Minami is very cute but she can also be very beautiful as well! This photo of Minegishi is from http://www.hello-online.org. In the 2012 General Election, Minegishi was ranked at #12. Minegishi has a very cute look just as former JKT48 member Haruka Nakagawa, a Japanese idol singer who also spent time as a member of AKB48 and appeared in a bikini!
Interesting Facts About Minami Minegishi
- Her favorite flower is the lavender.
- Her favorite drama is Kids’ War.
- Minami loves fried prawns.
- She has the habit of clicking her fingers.
- She is the leader of the Driving Club.
- She says that she wants to get married at the age of 30.
- She learned from a manga how to keep warm in winter. She keeps warm during winter by pretending that it is summer and feeling thankful that it is breezy.
- She is jealous of Haruna Kojima because Kojima is able to write kanji.
- Minami’s parents run a restaurant called “Tea Room Tane” that is in Tokyo.
- Cats make her allergic.
- Minami has been taking dance lessons since the first grade and says that this is her favorite sport.
- She is the only member in AKB48 history to have been a training member and a member on all the teams.
- She ranks 2nd with the most number of appearances at the AKB48 Theater (821 as of March 2016). Kana Kobayashi is #1.
- She ranked at #17 after the 8th AKB48 General Election.
- In January 2016, Minegishi was in a commercial for RIZAP, a private gym franchise that is very expensive and she showed off her amazing abs! Photo is from http://akbzine.com/2016/01/14/minegishi-minami-gets-buff-new-gym-collaboration-cm. Here is the video that is showing the behind the scenes making of that commercial. Minami was really able to lift those weights, even with a little help!
The Scandal That Almost Ruined Minami Minegishi
But in 2013, there would be a scandal that would almost destroy Minegishi’s reputation and career. In January 2013 according to tabloid reports, Minegishi had spent the night at the apartment of Alan Shirahama of the boy band called Generations. In doing so, Minegishi had violated the group’s policy about relationships and romance. AKB48 members are required to focus exclusively on their work to keep up a clean image. A few hours later via the official AKB48 blog, it was reported that Minegishi was demoted down to the status of trainee as punishment for her actions. Minegishi then shaved her head, saying that she did so because she was shocked at reading the reports about the incident. However, in Japan, when someone shaves their head, that is a sign of showing remorse and contrition. Minegishi then apologized for what she called her “thoughtless actions.” The story was reported by news agencies such as CNN and the BBC! It would not be until August 24, 2013 that Minegishi would return as a member of the newly created Team 4 with the rest of the members having been chosen from the 13th and 14th generation training members. Yuka Masuda also has violated AKB48’s policy of relationships and romance when she stayed over at the residence of DA PUMP member ISSA. I respect the AKB48 management for trying to keep these girls in check so that they keep up a clean image and set a good example for their fans. Rumi Yonezawa who is known for giving the nickname of Mayuyu to Mayu Watanabe also admitted publicly in 2012 that when she was in AKB48, she had a boyfriend.
AKB48’s Minami Minegishi announced via Google+ that she is resuming her activities. She had been on medical leave for a kidney cyst that she had to get treated for. Former member Yuko Oshima also had her health issues back in 2013 when she came down with the flu and had to miss a few handshake events. Minegishi ended up taking part in a rehearsal done by Team 4 as part of preparation for a nationwide tour. Minegishi also made an appearance on the live radio show called AKB48 no All Night Nippon on the night of July 9th. Members Mayu Watanabe and Asuka Kuramochi also appeared on the program and gave her a warm welcome. Mayu Watanabe was voted as the most popular AKB48 member after the 6th annual AKB48 Senbatsu Election results came in on June 8, 2014. The event was held at Ajinomoto Stadium. Why is the return of Minami Minegishi important?
Minami Minegishi’s return is so important because she has been with the group for so long that she is one the girls whom you could say is like a treasure. In spite of her mistakes, Minegishi remains one of the most popular AKB48 members. Minegishi’s first comeback event would be on July 12, 2014 on stage when she took part in NTV’s The Music Day Ongaku no Chikara. This news of Minegishi’s return is certainly good news. She can now resume her work and try to become a better member of AKB48. She has been through a scandal that almost ruined her career and she has had health issues because of that kidney cyst. Now Minegishi is healthy and she is back to work! Minegishi was born on November 15, 1992 in the capital city of Tokyo. Since 1992 is her birth year, she joins bikini model Ai Shinozaki as another celebrity that was born in 1992. Minami Minegishi may be best known for being a singer but she has also worked as an actress. She has starred in the Majisuka Gakuen series, featuring members of AKB48 including Atsuko Maeda. For the second season of the show, also starring is former AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai. In addition, Yui Yokoyama, Rena Matsui, and Sae Miyazawa are also in this show. With the graduation of Minami Takahashi, Minegishi is now the only original AKB48 member left.