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Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi apologizes for romance, shaves head to repent

Singer demoted for breaking no-dating rule


A widely popular Japanese pop music star has issued a tearful apology and shaved her head in penance after photos of her leaving the home of a 19-year-old boy band member were published in a tabloid magazine.

While leaving your boyfriend’s place might not seem like such a big deal, it may have spelled the end of a career for Minami Minegishi, who is a member of the all-female group AKB48, which does not allow its members to date.

The group has 90 members who audition through a Japanese-idol type process. Members are also moved in and out of the public eye, depending on popularity, explains an Agence France-Presse report. It also cashes in on promoting its members–who are in their teens and early 20s–as both innocent and sexy, hence the no dating rule.

After the picture of Minegishi was published in the tabloid Shukan Bunshun, the singer appeared in a tearful Youtube apology. She wore a white shirt had shaved off her signature long black hair.

“I don’t believe just doing this means I can be forgiven for what I did, but the first thing I thought was that I don’t want to quit AKB48,” Minegishi says in the video, which has already been viewed more than four million times.

Minegishi also apologizes to other members of the band, fans, her family and staff: “…what I have done was such a thoughtless and a lack of self-awareness behavior,” she says.


Despite the apology, it looks like Minegishi will be punished for breaking the rules and will be demoted to a trainee team “for causing a nuisance to the fans,” according to AKB48 management.

This isn’t the first time a AKB48 member has tarnished the band’s virginal image. Former band member Tomomi Kasai, 21, created controversy in January after a picture of her naked, with a small child cupping her breasts, was pulled from a magazine.

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Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi apologizes for romance, shaves head to repent

  1. I’m guessing that Minami and her new hairstyle will become popular.

  2. Making normal young people live in this restricted and popularity focused public eye is twisted and abnormal. How absolutely strange and disturbing!

  3. ah the entertainment business…use and abuse the youth, and once they are not wanted anymore; are thrown away as fast as they came…

  4. seriously?!? ok, i like akb48, in fact im kinda a fan of the band, but this is too much!! if only dating rule aint ban n also, pls, japanese nerds (well im one too…an anime + japan nerd tho), they hv life. if ur gonna think like,”oh, akb members r soo pure n virgins, theyre cute!” heh. get a life, perverts!

  5. Do you know from 1905 to 1945, Japanese killed over 20 millions of Asian, while Nazi killed only 6 millions? Of course there was no facebook or twitter at the time, so Westerners are ignorant about this fact? Do you do know there are over 250,000 forced Korean comfort women ( not even counting chinese, Philippines comfort women?) for Japanese soldiers’ enjoyments? I thanks America for dropping atomic bombs to end this hideous war crimes. America gave two weeks to Jap emperor before atomic bombing, Jap refused surrender, so bombed them.

    Jap still refuse to apologize about the war crime to all the surrounding Asian nations ( including America pearl harbor). I just laugh at the Jap’s arrogance and hypocrisy, still they try so hard to invade every corners of the earth ( Japs are famous for illegal whale hunting and illegal fishing in Arctic seas–never learn the lesson, so now have to invade seas..instead of nations.)

    Now I see Japanese -Americans gang up with Latinos, and color people to promote hatred and rebel toward America, saying encampment and atomic bombs are so inhumane. Isn’t atomic bomb victims were more than 300,000 compared to 20 millions Asian that were killed by Japanese? How about the Japanese experiment camp in Shanghai brutally conducts bio and chemical experiments on over half million of pregnant and old and young? How far will Jap continue to be like cancer with lies and denials?

    I don’t care whoever sees my comment and write back with another lies and denials, but one thing for sure: AS long as God lives, god doesn’t bless perpetual liars and illegal, brutal activities. Sunamies and more earthquake may come till they repent and cry out for all the crimes they did to other nations and fish!