Young Magazine pulls ‘inappropriate’ AKB48 breast pic

Young Magazine pulls 'inappropriate' AKB48 breast pic

Original cover of ‘Do You Like Tomo?’

TOKYO (TR) – A weekly comic book magazine has delayed the release of its upcoming issue after editors deemed a lurid photo of a member pop group AKB48 to be “inappropriate,” reports the Sankei Shimbun (Jan. 11).

Shukan Young Magazine, which is published by Kodansha, announced on Friday that its issue originally scheduled to hit newsstands on January 12 will be delayed over the inclusion of an image featuring a topless Tomomi Kasai being fondled from behind by a young Caucasian boy.

The magazine, which typically features gravure (pin-up) idols in bathing suits on its covers, offered readers an apology on its Web site. “The photo contains an inappropriate expression,” read a statement from the editorial staff. The message also said that the site would provide an update as to the publication date of its next issue.

The photo in question — which utilizes what is referred to as a te-bura (or hand bra) pose — comprises the cover shot for the 21-year-old’s debut photo collection called “Tomo no Koto, Suki?” (Do You Like Tomo?), which is scheduled to be released on February 4. A promotion for the book was to appear in Young Magazine.

According to news site Nikkan Cyzo, two complaints were received by readers of sports newspapers that previously ran the same promotion. The site also cited posts on the Internet by concerned netizens who wondered if such an image could be a form of child abuse and whether the book should be considered full-blown pornography.

Singles by AKB48 last year claimed the top five positions for CD sales as compiled by entertainment ranking company Oricon.

Kasai announced in December at AKB48’s 2nd annual “Kohaku Takou Uta Gassen” event in Tokyo that she will “graduate” from the group to pursue a solo career.

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17 Responses to "Young Magazine pulls ‘inappropriate’ AKB48 breast pic"

  1. Calvin   January 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

    what the fuck were they thinking?

  2. jimmy   January 14, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Every boys dream!!!!

  3. CJ   January 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the book is released.

  4. Steve   January 19, 2013 at 3:47 am

    not a foreign boy you morons. just a bleached blonde Japanese kid. idiots!

    • nhatsu   January 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Steve’s right!

  5. Fritz Hohenheim   March 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

    If that were a kid putting his lips on a nipple, everybody here in the USA would go gaga over the “adorable breastfeeding” and how “natural” it is. A boy covering nipples with his hands of course brings out the worst in everybody. Whatever dirty thoughts you have, it’s YOU who is dirty. Not the picture.

  6. M Fox   April 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Have another drink, Fritz.