Japan Pop Star Shaves Head, Apologizes for Tryst
She spends night with boyfriend, might lose spot in popular girl band
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2013 2:13 PM CST
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(Newser) – Japan's pop-culture world is abuzz today over the tearful public apology from a member of a pure-as-the-driven-snow girl band who, gasp, spent the night with a boyfriend. The mea culpa on YouTube by 20-year-old Minami Minegishi, who shaved her head in repentance, has been viewed more than 3 million times, reports the Guardian. Minegishi belongs to the band AKB48, whose members aren't supposed to even date. "I am so sorry," she says. "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."

AFP, via Raw Story, cuts to the chase on why it's a big deal: "AKB48, a 90-strong pool of girls in their teens and early 20s, is a money-printing juggernaut that makes much of the accessibility—and the implied availability—of its idols." Band members rotate in and out of public view, based on their popularity. Now Minegishi is in danger of getting kicked out because a tabloid snapped a photo of her leaving the apartment of her beau—a 19-year-old member of a boy band.

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Feb 3, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Because of centuries of infanticide men out number women two to one in Japan. They should be reproducing like rabbits.
Feb 3, 2013 9:03 AM CST
So what is this bands message. No sex before marriage ? What are they, Vestal virgins ? Well, there goes the bands message. She has opened Pandoras box. Pune intended. Time to re-invent themselves and change their message. How about it's okay to get it on if your in love and you know it's the real deal. To bad we here in the USA do it because it feels so darn good. Kinda like Gorrillas. And if they can't find a female they'll do it with their mate. Talk about some horney mammals. Gorrillas that is.
Feb 3, 2013 6:02 AM CST
Option #2: Pretend nothing happened. Don't tell the entire world about it. Maintain normal coiffure.