At AKB48's handshake event in Makuhari Messe last Saturday, Team 4's suspended captain Ooba Mina made a surprise appearance, announcing that she will be resuming her activities in AKB48 at the start of next year.
Minarun was suspended on September this year when photos of her drinking alcohol (she is a minor) were discovered in her old personal blog. Minarun requested for a suspension and took the time off to reflect, removing herself from the AKB48 24th Single Janken Tournament in the process.
While Minarun was in suspension, Shimada Haruka took over her role as Captain. Currently it is still unsure if Minarun will get back her position as Captain of Team 4.
Here's a live account by CK of Chuo Dori
Oh! The Minarun moment!!! Just when I was going to queue up for Wasamin, Togasaki came out in his tux on a riser behind the handshaking lanes. The entire venue froze. He then introduced Oba Mina who came out with tears in her eyes to make her announcement, and ask the fans to allow her back into AKB. It was such an adorable moment. Watching her apologize and requesting permission from the fans. I was in the audience for the Yokohama “agency promotion” announcements last year. Moments like these are just priceless, and unforgettable!
And the original announcement requesting for her suspension
Oba Mina announcement,
Translated by: AKB48Journal
Team 4 member, Ooba Mina has proposed a suspension. Management has accepted the case, and this is the announcement.
Below is a message from her.
Because of my past blog entries, I, Ooba Mina, have caused members and fans to worry. I am really sorry. Because of this matter, I think I am not qualified enough to be Team 4 captain, so I will resign from it. And then, I will also resign from janken tournament.
I don’t know how to apologize to fans who have supported me. But using this chance, I wish some time to reflect upon myself and asked to be suspended (from AKB48) for a while.
Because my egoism, I have caused fans to worry for a long time, I am really sorry about it. But please, give me some time. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
Team 4 Ooba Mina.