Point 1: What prayers? The "Inori wa" in there is actually a reference to Hokori no Oka's unit song, for everyone's information. The transcript of the December 20 mobame, from which that summary is based on, has already been spread around and can be found here. It reads as it follows. Spoiler: Translation Marina Today I got a LINE message from Marina Anyway, the content inside was so good, and I absolutely agreed with it. Marina gave me help right from the morning. It's really like that. Prayers can make any future happy. ["Inori wa donna mirai wo shiawase ni kaeru"] Today's unit song is the last, huh!! Those lyrics, I can quite relate to them when there's something unpleasant happening. (laugh) It puts me in the mood to be the happiest as possible and sing with the most fun. The lyrics and the dance, how amazing they are. Let's go. --- Point 2: If you open this thread and look at the general reactions to the mail Tano sent the day before, on December 19, it also makes it obvious that it was the turning point when some realized that the issue Maho had wasn't actually with Nakai, as it was initially believed, but it rather concerned Tano and Nishigata. http://awabi.2ch.sc/test/read.cgi/akb/1545059253 Too bad that I have never found it worth it to subscribe to Tano's mobame (much less today, the AnshinAnzen 7 are the only ones I'd possibly keep spending money on), because it would have helped me doing a cross-check much sooner. But in any case, if anyone cares to provide me with a transcript of that mail as well, I'm sure we'll find out more foreshadowings, just as it happened with Maho's Tweets and mobame from back in December. I find it funny there's people still believing that the January 8 disclosure was where it all began, and the case wasn't already bubbling under the surface for a whole month already in more or less obvious ways... Speaking of that same thread, later on there's also actually a good reminder that people had noticed something was oddly off with the interaction between Maho and Tano at Tsugumin's Seitansai, which if anything proves exactly the opposite point, that things between them went anything but well by then. Let's not forget that the reason Maho even bothered to show up in there at all wasn't certainly because of the good terms between them, but expressedly for the sake of Tsugumin. --- Point 3: I'll skip translating the whole thing, but it's never too late to point out that on the occasion of Maho's, Riko's and Rena's graduation announcement, a whole page of the AKB48 Shinbun issue from the same month was dedicated to three opinion pieces on the case by three different journalists. Most of that can be dismissed as an attempt at "pressure relief" on part of the management by indirectly admitting to their own faults -- just a low-key form of "sontaku" if you will -- and the opinions inside are nothing that the public hadn't been expressing long in advance. On the other hand, what caught everyone's attention was actually one passage right in the middle of the article by Setsu Shinya, which is the uppermost one, revealing this: «Prior to the disclosure that happened in January, at the end of the past year, under the supervision of the previous theater manager, Imamura Etsuro, a verbal argument took place between Yamaguchi and one of the implicated member. I may understand his feelings of a "parent" acting to mediate between the two "daughters", but the utmost priority wasn't given to the psyche of Yamaguchi, who had lived through such a terrifying experience. The responsability for it is grave.» Now -- apart from wondering why this wasn't brought up anywhere except offhandedly in a limited-edition insert -- you can try putting on the timeline when this Imamura-sponsored deathmatch happened, combine it with Maho's mobame from the same time and feel free to guess what the consequences of it would be. If anything it makes it more obvious that Tano, acting as a child as she usually does, simply escalated with the provocations afterwards thinking she had her way... Some of them are way too obvious to pretend it's just a result of misunderstanding, too. Also, combine it with what Matsumura said at the opening of the AKS conference, in regards to the absolute state of NGT and his decision to give everyone a pardon, which other than being unwise, it infamously only precipitated the situation irreparably: https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190322-00010002-wordleaf-soci&p=2 ただ、今までNGT48内での私的領域でのファンとのつながりを含め、メンバー同士の誹謗中傷などの風紀の乱れ全般において、今回は不問にさせていただきたいと思います。なぜならば責任を問われるのは組織運営、命令系統、指揮系統の不備があり、メンバーやスタッフに対して事前に明確な基準を示し、適切な指導ができなかった当社であるからでございます。 "But that aside, I'd like to hand out a pardon for what it concerns all the cases of morality breakdown, such as mutual insults between members, and this includes also all the instances of consorting with fans on a private level which happened until now inside NGT48. To explain why, it's that the one being answerable for it is our own company, for the inedaquate condition of the management of the organization and the chain of command, as well as the fact we did not indicate to the members and the staff any clear standards to follow, before this case, nor did we provide them any appropriate guidance." Emphasis on what "mutual insults between members" could even point at, in this case... --- Side note: Honestly I find it laughable that there's someone, especially at this point in time, who is still taking those excuse tweets as real, or even assume them as written by the members themselves -- the cat was "sick" in the same way as both Tano and Nishigata suddenly "felt uncomfortable living this last month", enough they needed to both write that down in their own declaration (Tano in particular clearly felt so uncomfortable she happily spent the New Year in Taiwan, for one thing). With any chance, just like how everything was heavily controlled and manipulated by the management especially right at the beginning, the one who wrote them was the same genius who wrote Maho's original apology for her to recite at the Third Anniversary stage (we all know his name already, so no need to repeat it here). At least I can tell that AKS has got a little bit better at writing up excuses for other members to post, what with the one they had to make for Yahagi some days ago, by the looks of it.