After Yamaguchi Maho revealed that she had been assaulted outside her home by two men and that NGT48 group member(s) were allegedly connected to it, she was made to issue an apology during the group’s third anniversary stage.
But since even NGT48 fans found this disgusting and the backlash is growing both domestic and abroad, management did actually release a statement on the incident.
correction – it would seem like that one member did not mention Yamaguchi's address/location at all, but only provided enough info on when she would return. It is not clear how the men knew where she was living.— べる・なるど⊿🛳️⌨️ (@76do__) January 10, 2019
So they basically admit that what Maho said was true but sterilize the details a bit, so it’s hard not to believe Maho’s side of things in its entirety at this point, if you weren’t convinced already.
I mean … at least NGT48 released a statement, I guess? But it was definitely more of a defense of management’s actions than anything else, and even though they’re not even promising any real change as it is, I have my doubts they’ll even change what they claim they will.
Additionally, this is understandably having far-reaching implications, as many others who were formerly or are currently currently under the AKS umbrella have spoken out.
Raira (former HKT48 member): This whole thing is just unbelievable and unreasonable, but this time is exactly when fans are needed more than ever, isn't it? Why are you a fan? #伊藤来笑 #山口真帆 #YamaguchiMaho #NGT48 #JusticeForMahohonhttps://t.co/6rloRIOoAk— ithebigc（ケリー） (@ithebigc) January 10, 2019
The gap between the reactions of former members (or Sasshi, of course) and current members is noteworthy, I think.
Also, it’s definitely a positive that Japanese fans seem just as disgusted.
The Japanese public seem to share our opinions.— さくぴよ♡sakupiyo #PreciousChaeyeonDay (@39_saku_chan) January 10, 2019
I'll translate some of their responses to give you a general feel of what the Jpn fans are feeling about this. Meanwhile please keep using the hashtag #JusticeForMahohon
"There's no way it's sufficient. The people who are supposed to protect the members are hiding in the shadow of the victim and demanding an apology…"— さくぴよ♡sakupiyo #PreciousChaeyeonDay (@39_saku_chan) January 10, 2019
"It's awful. What is the management thinking"
"Is there really an option of being satisfied?"
"I feel bad for Mahohon. It's weird that she's apologising."— さくぴよ♡sakupiyo #PreciousChaeyeonDay (@39_saku_chan) January 10, 2019
"There's a kind of satisfaction because I realised this is the type of group NGT is. From now on I hope no one goes to the hs events."
"Management are idiots without doubt."
"Mngmt is shit! NGT is over!"
"I thought they wouldn't do anything, but they went even lower and did the worst. What are they making Mahohon apologise for."— さくぴよ♡sakupiyo #PreciousChaeyeonDay (@39_saku_chan) January 10, 2019
"When the results of this poll come out I want media to hear. I don't want this issue to be buried in the darkness. Lots of incidents already occured+
+if they don't eradicate the root of the crime, from now on neither members nor fans can be happy."— さくぴよ♡sakupiyo #PreciousChaeyeonDay (@39_saku_chan) January 10, 2019
"Firstly, it's an unacceptable way to handle things in any kind of corporation. This much information is already known yet there are no interviews or statements. Even if it isn't+
+entirely true, there isn't even a denial. Even if compared with past cases, the image is so bad that it can't be defended in any way."— さくぴよ♡sakupiyo #PreciousChaeyeonDay (@39_saku_chan) January 10, 2019
"End of discussion"
"On the contrary I want to ask the 2%"
Well at least everybody seems to be on the same page on the issue of making the victim of stalking and assault apologize on stage for talking about it, I guess.