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Ex-AKB48 member Minami Minegishi ties knot with Japanese YouTuber Tetsuya

Former AKB48 member Minami Minegishi is pictured in this file photo taken at Kawasaki Police Station in the eastern Japan city of Kawasaki on June 9, 2022. (Mainichi/Satoru Suzuki)
Tetsuya, the leader of Japanese YouTuber group Tokai on Air, is seen in this file photo taken in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Dec. 31, 2019. (Mainichi/Kaho Kitayama)

TOKYO -- Minami Minegishi, a former member of all-girl J-pop group AKB48, announced on her Twitter account on Aug. 16 that she has married Tetsuya, the leader of Japanese YouTuber group Tokai on Air.

    "Tetsuya is someone who is always nearby encouraging me even though I'm negative, and he helps me look forward," the 29-year-old's message read. She added, "After meeting him, I looked forward to getting up every morning, and as days like that passed, I came to think I wanted to be with him for good."

    Minegishi was active as a member of AKB48 from 2005 until 2021. Last year, a weekly magazine reported that she was in a relationship with the 28-year-old Tetsuya.

    (Japanese original by Riki Yoshii, Cultural News Department)

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