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AKB48′s Yuki Kashiwagi sparks debate over 'vulgar' video

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By Rachel Tackett

Yuki Kashiwagi, from the popular all-girl singing group AKB48, appeared in a recent video that became instantaneously infamous for being uncomfortably erotic. How anyone can be surprised by the groups not-so-subtle eroticism after watching the music video of them making out in their underwear is beyond me, but reading the responses to this two-minute clip, you’d think that Yuki recently joined the porn industry.

As it turns out, this video is an official AKB48 release and in no way restricts underage viewers from watching it. So what sort of G-rated film has sent so many minds to the gutter?

In short, the video depicts Kashiwagi preparing and eating a bowl of tororo, grated yam. For those who have never seen tororo, it’s a thick liquid, white, sticky, and a little bit slimy in texture. Sound like something else you can think of? There’s a reason that viewers got a little hot under the collar from watching this clip. It looks a lot like she’s gulping down spoonfuls of man-juice! Apparently, the occasional shots of Yuki’s cleavage didn’t ease the sense of eroticism either.

Here’s a sampling of what Japanese fans had to say about the video:

“Can she do that?” “This is so not cool.” “This video is official, yeah? They took it too far.” “Some say erotic, I say it’s vulgar.” “Way too nasty! LOL” “I’m saving this.” “Has Yuki Kashiwagi seen tororo? She must have known what this looks like.” “Oh, that poor girly…”

On any other day, Kashiwagi would be classified as one of the more hardworking members of AKB48. Her determination to take on new challenges has made her quite popular with the fans. We’re not quite sure what she was trying to accomplish by releasing this sort of video, but it certainly succeeded in grabbing attention and sparking debate.

Now there’s just one more thing that the Internet wants to know: Was there a fully conscious effort on the part of AKB48’s management to make this tororo tasting video look erotic? Whether this video was Yuki’s own idea or a vulgar move decided by her manager could have a big impact on how many fans stick with her in the wake.

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I can't stop laughing.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Boy, AKB 48 fans are the most judgmental little bullies I've ever seen.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

But really - what was the point of the video - unless you are pre-pubescent only one thing "comes" to mind.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

hmm.. anyone know the music used in the clip? is it Ave maria ? .. but with regards to this article.. i have nothing to say.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Well, if she wasn't famous before she certainly is now; for a while.

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AKB 48 fans are the most judgmental little bullies I've ever seen.

That judgmental bully attitude can be applied to fans of all major idol groups (and their producers as well). These girls, while they may be as bright as a burned-out light bulb, are in reality very sweet girls. They do not deserve to be judged in such harsh ways.

BTW, I actually like Kashiwagi.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Remains ends me of the old cup-ramen cm.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

She's a nice sweet girl.

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On any other day, Kashiwagi would be classified as one of the more hardworking members of AKB48.

Any other day? You mean, particularly on this day.

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So they blame HER? Yes, I'm sure she came up with the idea, filmed it, edited it, produced it... perhaps they could go after the MEN who came up with this

And yes, that is exactly what it is supposed to imply. So much for their "clean" imagine. Guess the head shaving didn't get the international fame they were hoping for.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

white sticky fluid representing manhood and licking like a pervert...whats the point?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Say what you will about the production quality and plot of that video, but , boy, can that girl swallow or what!?!

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Hilarious!!! I have seen their videos, jumping around in skimpy outfit, quite funny actually. This video is suggestive but I did not find it sensuous enough to make it an erotica.Sebsuality apart, the fans seem to be bit hypocritical in this regard.

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I think people are being a little too sensitive. I'm pretty sick and twisted, and I didn't think this was bad at all.

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rachel : you’d think that Yuki recently joined the porn industry

oh please!! it's sick hyper-sensitive people like YOU that are the problem in society.

She is FULLY dressed and eating a vegetable broth, get over yourself.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

I am a woman and I didn't really see how this was vulgar? pointless yes..but the only way I could see anybody thinking it is dirty is if they were immature..if I had watched this without reading the article I would have just been confused..and her breasts aren't even showing her clothing is very modest so I can't see the breast shots that were mentioned..was the video edited recently after the attention it got?

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Is anyone surprised? I'm only surprised they weren't all there, in lingerie, flinging it at each others faces. The directors and writers sure now how to lower the bar for these young ladies (and girls).

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Like I have been saying for ages akb = pedo pop

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Why is anyone suprised, look at the fan base, 40 year old men are the fans of these young girls.

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but the only way I could see anybody thinking it is dirty is if they were immature

I guess you've never watched Japanese porn. The similarities are beyond coincidental, the way she gently holds the yam in her hand and grates it around, then licks off the white liquid... what else would the purpose be, other than to sexually arouse the Japanese male fan base? I wonder what she'll do with the okura? : )

8 ( +11 / -3 )

"Way too nasty!"

Ha ha ha lol

For crying out loud, there is nothing nasty or vulgar about this video

1 ( +5 / -4 )

You got to be kidding me. Is ABK48 ratings that low in Japan that they have to create a scandal over nothing? Let's get serious folks.

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It's pretty pathetic that they have to stoop that low for attention. They obviously wanted to create a controversy for publicity sake. And they are willing to do it in whatever way necessary. Just a sad commentary on where Japanese society(actually most societies) is today. Anything for a buck. Oh, I meant yen.

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I think that the mainstream Japanese view may be, as long as the lady is pure (in this video her purity is emphasised by the use of "Ave Maria") and merely eating mountain potato, then no harm was done. Any perceived sexual connotation is only on in the mind of some, predominantly male, viewers. And males on the other hand, are as far as I am aware, thought to be of a certain mindset by virtue of their nature, so they are not being corrupted. Being natural, that mindset is not thought to be "dirty." Had the female, any Japanese female, expressed any sexual desire then that would have been thought very"dirty". Those that are criticising this video suspect that Yuki Kashiwagi may have been complicit, but there is little evidence of that accusation. Mountain potato Tororo, okura and natto all with similar consistency, are Japanese delicacies.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

You have got to be *** kidding me!!

Obviously there are some perverted idiots that got the idea that she was eating cum.

Even worse for the management to make the public think that's what she was doing, all for boosting ratings... Ridiculous!

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Good, suggestive clip - very appealing to the AKB core fanbase of 45-year-old, slack-jawed, slobbering, virgin otaku man-children. Kudos to the owners of AKB-48 - that's a money spinner right there! Wish I had stocks in them...

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BTW - I love how the AKB-48 official channel has invented a new time -- "25:10" - presumably a time that the fanbase are - ahem - "enjoying" this material...

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" So they blame HER? Yes, I'm sure she came up with the idea, filmed it, edited it, produced it... perhaps they could go after the MEN who came up with this."

She went along with it, so she's part of the problem.

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What girls where backless dresses at home?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

She should use the Popeye defense: "I yam what I yam."

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Vulgar????

Deep suggesting erotic, definitely!!!

Typically 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th and more audience marketing target.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Just watched the video.... and? I don't see what the fuss is about. Not like she was eating a banana in a suggestive manner is it? Gawd, some people need to get their heads seen to.

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There's nothing erotic about it. Mind you, the creepy camera zoom in of her mouth while eating it might tempt people to think that something funny is going on.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

par for the course - suggestive, enough to get the core fans lit up, enough for everyone else to vomit.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

it’s a thick liquid, white, sticky, and a little bit slimy in texture. Sound like something else you can think of?

NO. 'Cause I don't have a dirty mind. Why? What were YOU thinking of?

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I think the issue is the lack of point to this video. Was she encouraging people to eat 5 veggies a day? Performing marketing services for the yam-farming industry? Practicing for her Best Yammist award? In the absence of any other obvious motive, there is only one other obvious conclusion that can be drawn - AKB making another controversial cheap-shot in the hopes of garnering publicity, possibly taking the route of the girls not being "quite" so innocent as they make out (with all the head-shaving/lesbian kissing/underwear-parading/yam sucking stuff). And as always, the

45-year-old, slack-jawed, slobbering, virgin otaku man-children

will be parading into Akihabara with one hand on their wallets and the other on their...erm...cellphones. Job done.

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japan lol you are sooo sad. are you kidding me? what's so bad about this film? and this made news...Get your priorities straight -__-

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My gosh....People must have a very creative mind to see vulgarity in this video. Especially knowing that she seemed to have chose the Natto or the Yam for promoting her New drama... (The main character in the Galileo, loves eating Natto (the stickey beans) or the Okura (which is also gluee) and her drama shown recently is linked to this Galileo drama)

Although they might have played around a little to grab the viewer's attention, in making this, "Vulgar" or "Erotic" is too much to say...

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What vulgarity? :( To me it doesn't look vulgar at all. But I guess, now I discovered the reason why I often get funny looks from men when I am trying to eat a yogurt in peace :(. Please get your head out of the gutter and while you're at it also stop trying to sexualise food. I have given up of eating; bananas, mozarella and other stretchy cheeses, sausages..and now also yogurts or thick soups in public? Oh yes, I forgot baguettes. Have you realized that if you're sexualising food that a girl is eating, you might have a problem, or might be too um..stressed?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

in fact. that video got me into hard thinking. its vulgar.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

So why no complaints about "talents" who become AV stars? Much ado about nothing.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Ban them, they are just noise

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This is Rachel Tackett's idea of "reporting"??? Really??? The bias in this article is really quite something. If people are interested please Google "The truth behind Heavy Rotation" and read Mika Ninagawa's interview about why she made the MV that way.

In regards to the video listed here. AKB has a new show called Eizou Center, where members post videos on AKB's official channel in a contest to get the most views. Every week Eizou Center covers the results. The first week Umeda Ayaka did a dance cover of Perfume and made quite an impression. This video wasn't about being scandalous and if this offends the Rachel Tackett's delicate sensibilities I really don't care. I also recommend that this article be moved to the oped section of JT since this is blatantly an opinion piece and "reporting" is nowhere to be found here.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Haha, that's hilarious. I can see where people would think that she's trying to give off the impression of lapping up a bowl of semen!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Good job author, "man-juice."

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You see, AKB48 HAS to resort to tactics like this because they've got absolutely nothing going on in the music department...This is was passes for "quality" entertain these days...

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You see, AKB48 HAS to resort to tactics like this because they've got absolutely nothing going on in the music department...This is what passes for "quality" entertain these days...(Hello?! "Edit" button anyone???!!)

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I guess you've never watched Japanese porn. The similarities are beyond coincidental, the way she gently holds the yam in her hand and grates it around, then licks off the white liquid... what else would the purpose be, other than to sexually arouse the Japanese male fan base? I wonder what she'll do with the okura? : )

I HAVE seen Japanese porn before and still didn't find anything wrong with this. As a matter of fact now that I am checking their youtube they seem to do stupid little clips like this before. I found another video exactly like this of her eating Natto.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

C'mon, JT. They had all the pics on Rocketnews 24........

0 ( +0 / -0 )

wow this news article is way out of proportion. Come one its not even close to a porno ffs.

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Honestly, I just don't see it. The only thought in my mind is, why? But, then, I've never liked tororo, as it's flavorless and really adds nothing to a meal. Oh, and as for people who do see "something".....it would seem they are only seeing what they want to see.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Honestly, this was way tamer than some of their videos.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Like it or not, the suggestive aspect of this footage is quite obvious. Only an idiot wouldn't be able to make the connection that she is supposed to be eating a bowl of freshly drawn semen?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Not vulgar enough.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I can not for the life of me see anything erotic in this video clip. However, if she had been lying in bed naked, eating the soup yes I would have intend erotica

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