Feb 1, 2013 6:30pm

What is wrong with your people?


Japanese pop star Minami Mingishi shaved her head and issued a public apology after getting caught on a date with a man, reports say. The AKB48 member issued a tearful apology to her fans after breaking the popular group’s cardinal rule: No Dating.

Minegishi, sobbing and sporting a roughly-shaved head, told fans that she had decided to shave her head as penance for spending the night with Alan Shirahama. Shirahama is a dancer in an off-shoot of the popular boy band Exile.

AKB48 prides itself with maintaining the “implied availability” of the girls to the public, a facade that Minegishi broke by pairing herself off. The girls in the group — all in their teens and early 20s — signed a no dating contract when they join the group. The popular group has 90 members, all of whom are rotated through the public eyes, based on popularity.

The sobbing Minegishi, 20, told fans that she still wanted to be a part of the group and hoped that her tryst with the 19-year-old dancer could be forgiven.

“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,” she says in the video, which had been viewed on YouTube more than three million times.

The tryst was “thoughtless and immature”, she told fans. “If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band. Everything I did is entirely my fault, I am so sorry.”

The members of AKB48 are frequently introduced to their fans, and their public availability is a prized commodity for the group’s sponsors. In return for their celebrity, the members must adhere to strict rules of behavior.

They are allowed to have “one-sided romantic feelings” for a boy but can never progress beyond hinting at their crush. In essence, they must never rob their legions of male fans of the fantasy that they might one day stand a chance with the girl of their dreams.

AKB48′s management office said Minegishi will be demoted to a trainee team as punishment “for causing a nuisance to the fans” with the demotion effective from Friday.

Fans on Japan’s Twitter scene took to the star’s defense, saying that there was nothing wrong with an adult having an adult relationship.

The Japanese pop star’s group makes much of the girls’ innocence, but the band is heavily marketed on its sex appeal. The girls are photographed in skimpy outfits and flirtatious smiles, a living fantasy for every male fan.

In fact, a television commercial in which the girls “seductively passed candy from mouth to mouth” was a huge hit, although it generated complaints from conservatives because of its homoerotic overtones.

In an interview, some of the group’s top members said that if they could be born again, they would want to live as “ordinary girls.”

Shaving one’s head is a traditional punishment or sign of contrition in Japan, although the custom is generally reserved for men and boys.

Do you think these girls should be marketed as sex symbols but punished for something like actually having sex?


Feb 1, 2013 6:39pm

America would be way cooler if our stupid celebrities did that.



Feb 1, 2013 7:07pm

It's really pathetic. It's pure corporate marketing and people LOVE it here. Basically media sex slavery. Girls love them just as much as guys, too. They learn all their dances and buy their costumes. 


Feb 1, 2013 7:23pm



Feb 1, 2013 7:53pm

This group often appears in a costume that resembles Japanese school girl uniforms, except the skirts are so short that they are just long enough to hide their panties.

This image is associated with a pornographic theme of sex with a high school girl, so their publicist tells people that IRL these girls are virgins, and there images do not promote sex with a girl who is under 18.


Feb 1, 2013 7:58pm

Except you just made every god damned word of that up and it's all wrong. 

Schoolgirls actually do wear short skirts that show their panties, all the time. That's not an AKB thing. And nobody says these girls are virgins. They're not allowed to date, but nobody explicitly says they're virgins. Liar. 


Feb 1, 2013 8:22pm

Do you think these girls should be marketed as sex symbols

Hell no!  They look like jail bait.  EW!


Feb 1, 2013 8:34pm

Only one of them is cute and she's had a lot of plastic surgery 


Feb 2, 2013 6:19am

The japanese are the most xenophobic and racist people in the world and they murder dolphins and whales. 


Feb 2, 2013 4:25pm

Not the most in the world, but they're definitely xenophobic. Or they would be except their country is now officially overrun with foreigners and it's too late for that now. All the people working in the low wage service are korean and indian and chinese and all the people working in the highest paid jobs are white guys in the financial industry and stuff. Foreigners were rare when I first came here, but they make up a big percentage of the population now, at least in tokyo. 


Feb 2, 2013 4:26pm

Yesterday I ate escargot for the first time. It was pretty good. 


Feb 2, 2013 4:33pm

I feel bad 4 the countries that are being ruined by foreigners but if they try 2 do something about it & they have something america wants, america will bomb them, kind of like yugoslavia. Japan is f'ed if they try any kind of mass deportation 2 save their sh*t.


Feb 2, 2013 5:12pm

I heard, from a Japanese guy, that there are a lot Japanese working in India, and maybe China too. I guess their economy isn't doing too well. Besides, they have weird schoolgirl fetishes which is f'ed up. 

^ Actually, having a lot of foreigners is an indication that a country is doing well. Why would a foreigner leave their fucked up country for another fucked up country? Most of the world's major economies have a significant number of foreigners. Japan seems to be the exception...until recently, I guess.



Feb 2, 2013 5:47pm

Ppl leave bullsh*t places 2 go 2 places that are less bullsh*t all the time. Just look @ mexicans coming 2 USA.


Feb 2, 2013 8:16pm

Perhaps the Japanese have "dating" and "banging" confused.

You can have sex with someone without dating them. I've actually done this!


Feb 3, 2013 7:25pm

There are tons of Japanese people in China and why shouldn't there be?  That in itself is no indication of Japan's being fucked, though of course Japan is well and truly fucked, having completely destroyed their currency by means of a delusional monetary policy.  Japan is far and away the top country of origin in counting foreign population here in Shanghai (though Hong Kongers and Taiwanese are not counted as foreigners, if that matters to you).

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