NMB48’s Iijiri Anna took part in a Q&A in which a fan asked her about how much she makes as an idol.
Iijiri Anna said that after expenses, she has about 40,000 left over (about $360) and that she would often have to skip lunch because money has to be saved for transportation costs, costume fees and having to spend money for a new outfit at handshake event. So, money is tight.
This has been discussed in the past versus those who make senbatsu and make good money as opposed who are unranked and have less appearances on television or magazines.
Even HKT48’s Tomoyoshi Asuka discussed her financial dilemma on television.