UPDATE：映像だ！映像きたー！Watch the video here!
Blowing up the headlines at 2ch news is the case of Abiru Yuu (18), the Japanese idol who admitted to robbing a supermarket, leading to the store’s eventual bankruptcy. The admission came on a Feb. 15 broadcast of Nippon TV’s “Coming Doubt” where secrets are revealed about certain stars and other celebrities have to guess whether the allegations are true. You can see a screen capture (with convenient subtitles) here. Here is a translation of the captions:
(A still of Abiru smiling) Abiru Yuu once participated in a group theft that bankrupted a store.
Upper right caption: True or false? Abiru Yuu once participated in a group theft that bankrupted a store.
ABIRU: Well, it was a while ago… we took out whole boxes.. it went on for about 6 months…
SOMEONE ELSE: A BAND OF THIEVES?!
ABIRU: Oh, I guess (the shop) did close down… I can’t say for sure whether the place closed as a result of what we did…
(Still of Abiru) Is Abiru’s confession TRUE or FALSE???
(Abiru hangs head in shame and holds up a placard saying “True”)
What’s so offensive, apparently, is that she didn’t seem at all remorseful, laughing and joking about it the whole time. She has made a name for herself as a character who offends people, so she perhaps thought this was just a part of the act. (More background [Japanese] can be found here)
Nippon TV has apologized about the incident, saying it was “inappropriate” to use such a topic in a quiz show. It was explained at a press conference that the incident occurred when she was in the 3rd grade (elementary) and is very sorry about it. Hori Productions has suspended Abiru and fired her manager.
Despite this, many on 2ch (vote here to decide what should happen to her 😮 ) and the net have called for her arrest, presumably because they are so shocked at her flippant attitude. There would be some difficulty proving that, however, as the statute of limitations on such a crime is 7 years and the Hori Productions people are insisting it happened before the now 18-year-old idol was 11.
Personally, I’m not going to try and get someone arrested over what they did at age 11. She’s hot, so let it go already! These people are just jealous.