Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi of AKB48 shaves head in apology

As I was randomly surfing the internets on a starless Saturday night, I landed on the story of Japanese siren Minegishi who cut off her hair and released a weeping apology on YouTube for having a boyfriend, or something to that effect. She belongs to a band of 90 similar looking girls and they have a strict rule about remaining single forever in-order to continue being role models for their young fans.

I am not one for the details so let me just quote other more reliable sources.

From The Guardian:

“As a senior member of the group, it is my responsibility to be a role model for younger members,” she said, before ending the four-minute mea culpa with a deep, lingering bow.

The most striking thing about her apology, however, was her appearance. She had shaved her head, a traditional act of contrition in Japan, but perhaps a step too far for a 20-year-old woman whose “crime” was to have found herself a boyfriend – 19-year-old Alan Shirahama, a dancer in a boyband.

Minegishi explained she had decided to cut off her long hair immediately after seeing her photograph, her face hidden behind a surgical mask and a baseball cap, in the weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun on Thursday.

The Walk of Shame, Japanese Style.

From The Sun

Her dramatic gesture underlined the strict rules to which Japan’s young pop stars must adhere to project an image of unimpeachable morals.

In the YouTube video, which has been viewed more than 5m times, Minegishi said the assignation has been “thoughtless and immature”.

Minegishi is among the original members of the band, which since it formed in 2005 has built up a huge following among teenage girls and salarymen who flock to concerts and publicity events for the chance to shake hands with their idols.

AKB48 The Band. Band-some anyone?

Personally I have picked a few things from this story and these are

  • I am heavily disappointed in you Minami. I thought all Japanese were ninjas. Which caliber of ninja gets caught on camera, especially when doing the walk of shame. This is unacceptable. I recommend kiboks.
  • Since they can’t date, are they allowed to have friends with benefits?
  • *Sigh, I think I need to sleep. Ok bye!

Written by Muwado

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