Minami in the Middle – Idols mom caught with underage boy

The recent arrest of the mother of a Japanese pop idol for sex with a minor raises questions on how the media here handles such high-profile cases.Caught in the middle: Minami Takahashi center poses with fellow members of the AKB48 spinoff group No Sleeves, Haruna Kojima left and Minami Minegishi right. Takahashis mother was recently fined for having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Usually, if someone who is related to a tarento TV personality, or other type of celebrity, is arrested in Japan, the shukanshi weekly gossip magazines almost always report the names of the celebrities — though major TV news programs and newspapers dont always reveal this information.

Last week, this was the case when Shukan Bunshun reported in its Feb. 16 issue on sale Thursday that the 44-year-old mother of Minami Takahashi 20, a leading member of the idol group AKB48, had been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

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