Minami Takahashi’s Solo Tour Could Be Doing Better, Rumored To Be Eyeing Future Career in Politics

Former AKB48 member Minami Takahashi is said to be considering a political career in the future.

Takamina just recently embarked on her first solo nationwide tour, and is set to release her 2nd single Kodoku wa Kizutsukanai on September 26th, 2017. Unfortunately, ticket sales for her tour have been quite sluggish. A lot of the venues are small, with most of them fitting a capacity of 300-500 people and at some dates the price of tickets cost just 1,000 yen. While nearly all of the smaller venues have sold out the finale of the tour will take place at Akasaka BLITZ, and has a much larger capacity of 1000 people. Tickets prices are also higher at 4,500 yen.

There’s still a large amount of tickets left which is causing a bit of worry, however ticket sales are hopefully expected to rapidly increase since the final date of the concert takes place one day before the release of Kodoku wa Kizutsukanai.

Takamina graduated from AKB48 in April 2016, with high aspirations of a solo singing career. Her idol is the legendary singer Akina Nakamori and hoped to model herself after Akina’s career. Last year in October Takamina released her debut studio album Aishitemo Ii Desu ka. While she managed to achieve a respectful weekly rank in the top 10, the album sold considerably less than the first albums from fellow former AKB48 members Tomomi Itano and Maeda Atsuko.

Despite the questionable status of her solo singing career, Takamina is still in very high demand as a personality. In July she bagged a high profile summer campaign with Coca-Cola, and is a regular guest + MC on a plethora of television shows.

There’s been rumblings that Takamina has been eyeing a career in politics in the future. Back in January Takamina did a radio broadcast with famed politician Yuriko Koike, who is currently serving as the governor of Tokyo. The theme of the radio broadcast was “Takahashi Minami’s future, what will you do?” Furthermore, Takamina was personally invited to attend the “Tokyo Future Vision Meeting” by Yuriko, as well as another event held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office.

An entertainment official stated that Takamina really enjoyed her talk with Yuriko, she was very inspired talking to her and it only began to raise once Takamina started to attend events with her. Having a high profile contact like Yuriko would no doubt ensure a smooth transition into the political scene for Takamina. She also already has a great foundation,  in 2015 Takamina teamed up with the Japanese Ministry of Justice to become a “correction support officer” which assists in the rehabilitation of prisoners. She’s also an official ambassador for RockCorps which encourages people to volunteer and get involved with their local community.

A former idol who found success in political scene was former SPEED member Imai Eriko. Last year she successfully won a spot in Japan’s Upper House seat.

(via mess-y)

  • Comments

    • se

      she graduated and started dating IT professional , guy was 15 years older then her ,man was Takamina fan (oshi ) since very beginning of her akb idol career ,when he was already adult and she was a teen.

      usagi drop story

      • LouSak

        How is this related to the article?

    • Shinra-Electric

      She’ll always have dat Maccy D money so I’m not too worried about her. I can’t see much of a future in the singing game now she doesn’t have the AKB machine behind her. Her album was OK to be fair, but Yamamoto’s smoked her.

    • Guest

      Whatever happened to ‘hard work will be rewarded’?

      • pk@fire

        Capitalism happened

      • Time48

        It is being rewarded. Not sure why everyone jumps to negative conclusions when AKB shows up… Takamina is doing well. She has the most regular tv and radio programs out of all the graduates and current AKB members. She also guests on lots of shows and gets offers for cms and promotions.

    • Once again proving that these girls are nothing without AKB.

      • yacchaitai

        obviously not nothing if she’s still getting work

        • pk@fire

          The fact that her solo career is failing means that she is legit not doing well

          • Time48

            Her singing career is not doing as well not her entire career. She has the most has 5 regular tv programs (where she MCs) and 2 regular radio shows. And like the article said she also guests on lots of shows and gets offered to do CM. So she is not failing. She is actually do really well.

          • yacchaitai

            just because she is flopping as a singer doesn’t mean she’s flopping at everything lmao. she’s b-list at best but not z-list

            • Ok, so she’s musically IRRELEVANT.

              • yacchaitai

                yeah? so? why are you getting so erect over her music career failing like everyone expected it to

      • l3012

        There are girls who are doing great after graduation, like Kawaei Rina.

        • Umm, who?

          • Lemon

            lmao my thoughts exactly

      • Ben_thecoolhobo

        Some are doing quite well.. Atsuko, yuko, shinoda… even tomomi with mmmm her “singing” career. theyre still active in the business.. so i wouldnt say nothing

        • Just because you’re active doesn’t mean you’re doing well.

          • Time48

            That is a true comment. But that does not apply to Takamina. I don’t want to be annoying and repeat myself but like I mentioned in previous posts just because her singing career isn’t doing spectacular doesn’t mean she isnt doing well.. Her career as MC, tv and radio personality, and talent is doing really well.

            • So she’s a non-factor in the music industry.

              • Ronnyswrong

                You have a really narrow view point. Making it musically is not the end-it-all in the entertainment industry

                • Guest

                  it’s freaking ronald he only have an opinion in music

              • Time48

                Singing isn’t even her main focus as a soloist. Her main focus has always been her jobs as a talent. That is why she is listed as singer/ talent in all the news she is mentioned in. She’s only singing because that’s what her fans like and what she loves to do.

      • riduch

        Wait until yamamoto sayaka left. Probably nogizaka46′ ikuta erika too. But I agree, most yasushi akimoto’s girls who graduated couldn’t do it big outside.

    • pk@fire

      I wanna know what the backlash from the Chinese AKB fans will be when they realize how Le Pen-lite Koike is

    • l3012

      She lacks the ‘it factor’ to be massive as a soloist, but as a personality, she’s very eloquent, so politics/management-related work are great options.

    • aaa

      48/46 girls have very strong back-up. Most of their agencies are under Japan Association of Music Enterprises (JAME). They have some connection that’s more influence than JE. especially Watanabe Pro, Burning Production that beat JE when Hiromi Go changed agency. That’s the reason why they get many deals and promotion while being in the group. The Japanese Law can’t harm them much.
      Not really sure some of you know about their work culture in Japanese Entertainment Industry. According to NHK, If talent/actor/actress/idol want to change agency, they can’t just change immediately and get a job from other agency. They have to wait for permission from former agency. Former agency has a right to ban that talent from getting job in the entertainment industry. It’s being written in a contract.
      Some 48 girls definitely didn’t leave for good. Graduation doesn’t always mean they left for good(ex. Watanabe Miyuki, Owada Nana, Nishino Miki). So it makes sense if they can’t survive after they graduate from the group. For Japanese work culture, employee is belong to the company. Changing company can imply to betray. Also, even that person did so much for the company, but if the company doesn’t want that person anymore. They can ban that person from getting some jobs.//Sh***y work culture right?

    • yamakita

      I fear the future.

    • The Dark Dudette

      Haruna Kojima was indeed very smart for keping off her graduation for so damn long.

    • Nasukwa

      If she were to go into the political world…wouldn’t her mother’s scandal from a few years back affect her in some way?

      • Owari Konoyono

        When Tohru Hashimoto became a governor, the identity of his father and uncle was exposed by a weekly magazine. She will also certainly become a similarly.

    • Yeul

      Minami’s musical career was overhyped to the point that nobody cares today. Her 2nd single was supposed to be released in 2014. Personally, I don’t think she has what it takes to go solo.

      • Time48

        To be honest I don’t think it was overhyped. It was actually delayed so much because of AKB priority. It’s unfortunate that her agency weren’t behind her singing career when she started in 2012 and decided to focus on her AKB work.

        • Yeul

          I agree and it’s quite apparent her management didn’t even try for her debut album, it was mediocre…

    • Guest =D

      I don’t even know a lot about AKB besides a few old members but isn’t obvious like the article mentioned that if its noted that she’s in very high demand as a personality doesn’t that mean she’s doing well after graduating AKB. Singing isn’t everything. Based on the news I’ve seen on yahoo about AKB and their graduate members I would say she is one of the more successful ones.

      I’ve seen several articles in the past about rumors that Takahashi Minami will go into politics even before she graduated the group so this is not the first time.

      (As a frequent reader of Arama Japan. It does disappoint me that the articles are now focus on random gossips articles instead of actual news with proof. But of course that’s my opinion.)