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AKB48 member fired over leaked 'Purikura' photo

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Ayaka Kikuchi, 15, who is a member of the pop group AKB48, was fired from the group on Thursday according to her management agency.

A private online community site run by Kikuchi and her friends had been hacked and “Purikura” photographs picturing her with her boyfriend distributed over the internet. Her management agency said Kikuchi had been fired because of her “immature behavior”.

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Maybe she can go back to being a normal kid then

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Her management agency said Kikuchi had been fired because of her “immature behavior”.

Was that having a boyfriend, taking pictures with him, posting pictures on the internet, or getting hacked??? I have no idea what they want to say.

I can only hope that Miss Kikuchi will succeed brilliantly and this anonymous agency will feel the burn for this seemingly "immature" decision on their part.

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for crying out loud, she's only 15. she can't act the lolita for the dirty old men all the time. sooner or later, she's going to revert to being a kid and doing kid's things. having said that, i'm wondering what she did with her boyfriend. maybe it wasn't a kid thing.

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by the way, who the hell is AKB48 and kikuchi ayaka?

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She's one of 48 young girls used by a record company to sell a sexy young girl image to dirty blokes, and I imagine she barely sees any cash from the record sales

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Pukey2> good guess, it wasn't a kid thing (parents were also bit pissed off so cancelled her mobile back in June - I did a google) Safe to say she won't be missed with so many others to fill her spot.

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These agencies really suck the life out of being a celebrity. They seem to own their talent and run their lives. So she has a boyfriend, so what most 15 year olds do. I think talento in Japan need to form a union to stop the abuse of their "agencies"

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she should consider herself lucky. maybe she can do something meaningful with her life now

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• After googling this article, I found the picture she was fired over at http://www.intlwota.com/aitakatta/2008/08/07/no-wai-boyfriend-scandal-in-akb48-oh-noes1 . Maybe it is better she changes her life goal and become an OL or she can continue trying to be a singer and follow Britney Spears footsteps and really hit the news.

• Either way, it is a shame for the recording agency to have a clause in their contract that prohibits the young female singers from having a boy friend. Is it the same for the male singers not to have a girlfriend??

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Acting immature? She's only 15. You're supposed to be immature, by definition. Well, I agree, she'll have a career on her own. Ganbatte!

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The sooner AKB48 comes to an end, the better it'll be for all concerned. I hope she enjoys her childhood (teenagerhood? hehe) while it lasts. From all I've seen on tv about these management agencies, they are just the absolute bane of the entertainment world here.

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The wiki article says they perform once a day in akihabara? shouldn't they be in school?

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the young ones are first against the wall- like their counterparts. they mean very little in the overall scheme of things. the whole before all else...

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martman:

I looked at the photo and don't know what the big deal is. If they're going to fire her, it should be because she's chosen such a bad-looking guy (who, incidentally, seems to enjoy giving BJ's to PET bottles).

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Must be the bottle in the mouth.

"These agencies really suck the life out of being a celebrity. They seem to own their talent and run their lives. So she has a boyfriend, so what most 15 year olds do. I think talento in Japan need to form a union to stop the abuse of their "agencies"

Sounds like just an imitation of what most of the companies, the whole society is like in general, no?

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Actually it was more to do with the sex scandal, the photo just proved it. The idiot BF had his own blog which talked about his time at the hotel. Fans founds his site, another idiot hacked the girls webpage and uploaded the purikura pic. Fans got pissed off and attacked the webpage, friends of hers fight back. Things get out of hand and the agency thought it best to just get rid of her as stated in her contract. Just another typical day for the Geinoukai. http://akb48-kikuchi-ayaka.seesaa.net/article/104776404.htmlhttp://bero33bero.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/

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Aya Kikuchi is hotter

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Oh.. lord that's disgusting. Of course, the talent corporation should have dealt with this quietly and handed the issue to her parents. By leaking this, they probably had the ulterior motive of planting the idea, "look what our sexy girls do!" They exploited a 15 year old minor by firing her publicly.

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lol, why is this in the news? who cares? all i am going to say is: why japanese labor laws are not applicable for cases like this? She has done nothing wrong. Her company interfered in her private life and then fired her. Sounds like a nice law suit that would make her more famous.

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Immature? She's 15!

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