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Arrest of ex-AKB48 manager reveals illicit films of naked members

Shukan Bunshun April 2
Shukan Bunshun April 2
In the 2011 film “The Show Must Go On,” a camera follows the group AKB48 over a one-year period in providing a dream-like look behind the scenes at the members of the rabidly popular all-girl group.

For Takashi Nodera, a 38-year-old currently serving a prison term for sexual assault, he was actually living that dream — and then some.

According to Shukan Bunshun (April 2), the former manager stealthily shot hours of illicit video footage of group members in compromising positions before and after events held across the country over a one-year period.

Between 2007 and 2010, Nodera served as a board member of Office 48, which is the talent management company for AKB48. Three years after leaving the company, he was arrested for sexually assaulting an elementary school girl. He was subsequently sentenced to 16 months in prison.

During the investigation, police found 75 films totaling 15 hours in length of tosatsu footage (peeping videos) on the hard disk of his personal computer. Police also discovered more than 200 still images.

The videos of AKB48 members were shot between 2009 and 2010, and mainly consist of the girls changing clothes, taking breaks or using the bathroom.

In one 58-minute clip shot in 2010, an AKB48 member is seen lounging fully naked on a bed in a hotel room. Footage taken on New Year’s Eve in 2009 shows members inside a dressing room for NHK’s special “Kohaku Uta Gassen” program prior to and during the celebratory countdown.

It is clear Nodera had close access to the members. “I’ll be outside so you change in here,” he says to a girl in one of the clips, which later shows her strip out of her underwear.

In other instances, Nodera, who has a wife and child, planted a camera inside a bathroom that was used by members. He also used cigarette lighters and pens to conceal camera equipment.

Takashi Nodera
Takashi Nodera (Twitter)
A screen grab published by the magazine shows an access pass for Nodera dangling from a necktie that includes his name and photo.

This is not the first transgression of AKB48 management to be exposed by Shukan Bunshun. Previously, the magazine reported on relationships between executives of AKS, the company that manages the group, and former members Tomomi Kasai and Mariko Shinoda. In an expose published last year, the magazine chronicled the illicit activities of AKB48’s general manager, Tomonobu Togasaki, who was seen smoking drugs and meeting young girls at a Tokyo hotel.

When reached for comment, a representative of AKS said, “Since we are not able to confirm all the facts at this stage, we will withhold comment.” (A.T.)

Source: “AKB48 tosatsu jiken hannin ha jimusho moto yakuin,” Shukan Bunshun (April  2, pages 22-26)

Note: Brief extracts from Japanese vernacular media in the public domain that appear here were translated and summarized under the principle of “fair use.” Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the translations. However, we are not responsible for the veracity of their contents. The activities of individuals described herein should not be construed as “typical” behavior of Japanese people nor reflect the intention to portray the country in a negative manner. Our sole aim is to provide examples of various types of reading matter enjoyed by Japanese.


  1. Ai Ai March 26, 2015

    Um why mention the executive dating Shinoda Mariko case was fake. They actually sued and won the case in court. Please don’t spread misinformed harmful rumors

  2. Made in DNA Made in DNA March 26, 2015

    These are just translations, Ai. ;)

  3. adcmelb adcmelb March 27, 2015

    I fail to see what the big is a number of the girls ended up doing porn so what the manager did in secret the girls ended up doing publicly.

    • eleven eleven March 28, 2015

      It sounds liked they were filmed/taken photos of without consent/knowledge that it was in occurring. Is that an okay thing to you? It’s irrelevant if members have gone onto do pornography, their privacy was violated.

    • fiddlesticks fiddlesticks March 29, 2015

      It’s an issue of consent, and they’re unrelated situations. They (hopefully) consented to the porn, but they did not consent to having pictures and videos taken when they thought they had complete privacy.

  4. atoi atoi March 28, 2015

    2 out of 50 graduated members ended up doing porn. I would hardly call that a number. Also doing porn is done with consent, being filmed while changing is not. So there’s your big deal.

    • adcmelb adcmelb April 3, 2015

      I know of four girls – Risa Naruse, Eri Takamatsu, Rina Nakanishi she also got her sister to do porn, then theres Yuko Sugamoto of the sister group HKT48 that was apparently moonlighting in the sex industry – I’m sure if a detailed search was performed the numbers would rise there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of young women wanting to do porn in Japan.

    • adcmelb adcmelb May 2, 2015

      Got another from one of the “sister bands” SKE48 Momona Kito will make her debut under the name Yua Mikami.

  5. Just observing Just observing March 29, 2015

    The translator of this article is using the term “compromising positions” incorrectly.

  6. Kiruu Kiruu March 30, 2015

    it hurts my heart to see this article ;w;

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