Minami Minegishi, a member of Japan’s ultra popular J-Pop group AKB48, took to YouTube to ask for forgiveness - her head shaved in an act of contrition. So what was her crime? What horrid acts had she committed to justify such an emotional plea to the public: she had a boyfriend. Thats’ right, she had a relationship…..with another human.
In Japan’s wildly popular J-Pop culture scene, singers are held to a disgustingly high standard, especially young women – where even being in a relationship translates to a loss of purity. Sam Byfod over at TheVerge has a great in depth article about Japanese culture, J-Pop, Music and the sad backstory.
Source: The Verge