Kobayashi: Is producer Tsunku a genius?
Takahashi (Ai): Yes.
Kobayashi: What impresses you about him?
Takahashi: He has all these groups, not just Morning Musume, and makes so many songs. The melody is different each time. It thought it was amazing how he got the idea for Kimagure Princess by looking at his daughter's butt.
Full interview translation here
It seems that the statement of Tsunku's ideas of Kimagure Princess by looking at his daughter's backside caused dissatisfaction from parents. This also made the Association of Anti-Hello! Project (AAHP) filed a petition that lead to the arrest. The association spokesperson said that Tsunku's action of looking at his daughter's backside was "sickening".
"We do not like a child to be exploited like that. We simply does not want more parents to stare at their daughter's butt for ideas for their work. This is a very unhealthy and unproductive state of action shown by a famous person."
A statistic showed an increase of parents looking at their child's backside for ideas. Most of them work as artists, author, politicians or any other work that requires idea-generation. Before the interview, only 25-50 cases of parents watching the backside but after the interview, the number increases to 150-500 cases per day.
Up-Front Agency made a statement in the evening that the company will probably hire new composers and lyricists for the upcoming singles of all of the groups and singers managed by the company. But some said the statement was to calm down fans as words of disbanding the groups such as Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou and C-ute was spread all over the internet.
We will still wait for more news of Tsunku's arrestment. Media journalist were called once again for a news conference at UFA's headquarter. It is said that it is related of sudden retirement of Takashi Ai from Hello! Project.
Hit the jump for amateur pictures of today's incident.
Japanese Police notice of Tsunku's arrest using Tsunku's Mii character. Also can be seen in the notice is Tsunku's car. The notice was put up just before the arrestment was made.
Tsunku's grandmother's neighbour trying to pass a policeman at the police station where Tsunku is currently held.
A Takahashi Ai fan.
Police checking UFA's headquarter area after receiving a bomb threat.
Tsunku's favorite teddy bear taken to the police station after requested by his wife. She said Tsunku can never sleep without his favorite teddy bear.