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.

Read the rest of the story: The idols mom, the underage boy and the media.

The 2011 Winning Idols of the Miss Magazine Competition Are…

The winners of the 2011 Miss Magazine gravure idol competition were revealed on Sunday. This year, the grand prize went to 18-year-old Eto Misa, while the semi-grand prize went to 17-year-old Ayano Mika. Ayano is known for being the daughter of singer Tahara Toshihiko and former fashion model Mukaida Ayako.

The other two titles presented this year were the usual Miss Weekly Shonen Magazine and Miss Young Magazine. The former was given to Akizuki Mika (17), and the latter was given to Asakura Yuma (17).

Approximately 15,000 young women applied for this year’s competition.

The four Miss Magazine winners will release their first DVD together on September 14. It was also announced that they will appear in the drama series “Motto Atsui zo! Nekogaya” that begins airing this fall. That show is the sequel to last year’s “Atsui zo! Nekogaya,” which also featured previous Miss Magazine idols.