Rosemary Overell does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. While shocking to many in the West, such behaviour is relatively normal in the sometimes bizarre world of Japanese popular culture. During a recent visit to Osaka, Japan, I visited one of my favourite haunts, Junkudo bookshop. Waiting in line at the checkout, I looked at the displays above the cashiers, usually reserved for Japanese popular fiction. This time I was surprised to see rows of young girls in bikinis, all soft focus and dewy eyed, staring down at me. The caption at the bottom of these books read AKB
Some succeed, but many others sink without a trace. The ups and downs of the entertainment business also reflect the tone of the times. A, in his early forties and formerly a manager at a number of major talent agencies, talks about the idol trends he has observed on the front lines. When Mr.
scene was abuzz over news that the pop princess from cash-generating juggernaut AKB48 had broken the band’s cardinal rule: No Dating.
The official YouTube channel of AKB48, the most popular musical group in Japan today, usually hosts music video clips and other promotions. Yet around 10 p. Minami Minegishi, a popular member of AKB48 since the group’s founding in , faced the camera and apologized profusely to fans. As tears washed over her face, she said those in charge of the group had demoted her to the “trainee” team and, to punish herself, she had shaved her head.
Her transgression: being caught leaving a young man’s apartment several days earlier. Thousands in Japan watched the just-buzzed Minami deliver her tearful apology, and on Twitter the video promptly took up five trending-topic spaces. Many were shocked by what she had done to herself, while others believed the punishment was just and were surprised by what she had done.
It quickly morphed into the country’s first big entertainment scandal of the year, but Minegishi’s painful-to-watch apology is much more than tabloid fodder: Her situation highlights the more disturbing aspects of the Japanese entertainment industry, and also on a growing gender problem in Japan. One of AKB48’s rules—and one found in a lot of Japanese music—is that its members must uphold a pure image.
The group—totaling 87 members with several spinoff groups also in their fold—belongs to a sub-category of Japanese pop referred to as “idol music. Idols are perceived to be more “accessible” than other pop stars, and groups like AKB48 emphasize that they are “idols you can meet,” regularly hosting handshake events. Fans develop personal connections with members, albeit ones built on an illusion of closeness.
Still, this fantasy must be upheld and that means no smoking, no troublemaking, and no dating, rules that have dictated the J-Pop world since the ‘s. AKB48’s members have found themselves in trouble over dating over the last several years.
A spotlight is on the murky world of K-Pop following a number of tragedies that have rocked the Korean music industry. South Korea’s hugely successful K-Pop industry has been churning out picture perfect boybands and polished pop princesses since the s. However, in recent years the world of carefully crafted images and catchy chart hits has been tarnished by heart-wrenching tragedy. Earlier this week, K-Pop was sent into mourning once again after singer Sulli was found dead at home aged just
The woman, Minami Minegishi, violated the no-dating rule the band has in place for its performers and was caught by a photographer leaving the home of her boyfriend on a recent morning. A clean image? You can see a five minute AKB48 music video at the Jezebel piece. The opening seconds are of an young looking girl in lingerie being caught disrobing the camera is looking through a keyhole. She appears later wearing fishnet stockings and with her 89 co-stars sharing bathtubs, kissing one another and passing cookies mouth-to-mouth, all while writhing around in a little-girl bedroom environment with stuffed animals and pink flower petals.
US pop stars have for years been pushed to sexualize pubescence or worse see Britney Spears, circa How about a private dinner at a discrete and exclusive club or hotel? The idea is that these men feel a bond with their girl idols; the idols sing to them, are loyal to them. Belong to them. Those are the rules for pop stardom in Japan.
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In addition, the group also has trainees called Kenkyuusei , and an international transference team, Team Kaigai. They hold the record for highest overall single sales for a female group on the Oricon charts and also hold the Guinness World Record for world’s “largest pop group”. The group also has five sub-units: No Sleeves , established in , Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 , established in , French Kiss , established in , and Not yet and DiVA , both established in In July , renowned producer Akimoto Yasushi held an audition for a new theater based idol girl group.
Minami Minegishi is a Japanese idol singer and actress, represented by Production Ogi. She is the last remaining original member of the girl group AKB48 and is also Documentary of AKB Show Must Go On (); Documentary of AKB No Flower Without Rain “Pop Star Shaves Head in Remorse for Dating“.
The member Japanese girl-pop behemoth known as AKB48 will soon pass a big milestone in its already-huge career : performing three sold-out shows from Aug. But the coronation—further cementing the band’s reputation as Japan’s most successful pop export in Asia—also comes with a black eye. Barring a reversal of fortune or clever marketing stunt, Rino Sashihara, a year-old singer who’s been involved with AKB48 since , won’t be part of the Tokyo Dome performance.
Earlier this summer, a man claiming to be her ex-boyfriend approached popular Japanese tabloid newspaper Shukan Bunshun with half-naked photos of the pop star and lurid details of their supposed relationship. Sashihara, one of the group’s most popular members, denied his allegations, but the damage had been done. She was removed from AKB48 and transferred to far-less-celebrated sister group HKT48 based on the other side of the country.
Sashihara alleged sin wasn’t just posing scantily clad for a camera. She had violated a cardinal J-pop rule: no dating. No hint of dating. Whereas in America, fans and the media obsess over every detail of, say, teen-pop stars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s relationship, Japan’s entertainment industry has a long history of pretending that its stars simply have no romantic interests—and punishing them when the illusion is broken.
A Japanese girl band member has been fined for bringing male fans back to her hotel room. The Tokyo District Court ruled that the girl was found to be in breach of a strict no-dating clause in her contract. Court papers show that the six-member group signed its contract in March and first appeared in July of that year.
But after reports surfaced that the girl, who would have been 15 at the time, went to a hotel with the fans, the group was disbanded in October It is common for singers in the country’s pop groups to sign contracts with management that outlaw any kind of romantic relationships.
Members are not allowed to date, and must be well-behaved; any violation of these restrictions is to be punished.
Fans leapt to the defence of a Japanese starlet on Friday after she shaved her head and issued a tearful YouTube apology in an act of “disgusting” penance for a night with a man. The Japanese starlet who shaved her head and issued a tearful YouTube apology after spending the night with a man was scrambling Friday to redeem the girl-next-door image of all-female group AKB Pictures of the roughly-shorn head of Minami Minegishi, 20, were emblazoned on national newspapers and Japan’s Twitter scene was abuzz over news that the pop princess from cash-generating juggernaut AKB48 had broken the band’s cardinal rule: No Dating.
A sobbing Minegishi told fans she had decided to shave her head in contrition after a popular weekly magazine published claims of a night of passion with a year-old boy band member. Minegishi, who had long, silky hair at the time, was snapped leaving the apartment of Alan Shirahama, a dancer in an off-shoot of the popular boy band Exile. Tabloid magazine Shukan Bunshun published its article Thursday, and hours later Minegishi was pleading to be allowed to remain with AKB48, one of the world’s most successful acts by revenue.
Everything I did is entirely my fault, I am so sorry. AKB48, a strong pool of girls in their teens and early 20s, is a money-printing machine that makes much of the accessibility — and the implied availability — of its idols. Fans have frequent opportunities to meet their favourites, who are rotated in and out of the public eye, according to popularity. In return for their chance to grace television screens, subway adverts and the covers of Japan’s countless celebrity magazines, members of the collective must adhere to strict rules of behaviour.
Take a moment to watch this video. Notice her shaved head? That is a traditional way to show remorse and a desire to repent in Japanese culture, a tradition quite rare for women to practice. So what was her sin? What terrible, despicable thing did she do that warranted a shaved head and this apology?
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It is the norm in Japan that idols are forbidden by their management to be in a love-relationship: idols who break this rule usually get fired. The no-dating policy is perhaps one of the main reasons idols tend to graduate before they reach their 30s. They want to be in a relationship and get married too! The company sought for an amount of 9. In April , when the idol was 19 years old, she signed a contract with the company so she would become a member of an idol group.
The contract contained a clause which forbade the woman from dating any male fans, or risk getting sued for damages. In spite of her contract, the woman started dating a male fan around December She conveyed her intention to quit working for the company in July and did not appear in concerts she was scheduled to perform at. The judge of the case in Tokyo District Court, Katsuya Hara, mentioned that while it is understandable for companies to impose a dating ban on idols, it goes too far to claim compensation for damages when an idol does choose to date.
If the idol would have deliberately gone on a date with the intent of causing damage to the company, then it would have been reasonable to sue the idol for damages.
Log in or Sign up. Stage48 Autumn Shuffle – Staffing Changes. Joined: Nov 7, Location: Philadelphia. Considering today’s recent events, how does everyone feel about the age-old restrictions on dating?
My boyfriend has no interest in going out on dates & only wants to meet up to first person gave is iffy it is called the love ban courts hate the rule and throw it.
AKB48 pronounced A. Forty-Eight are a Japanese idol group named after the Akihabara Akiba for short area in Tokyo , where the group’s theater is located. AKB48’s producer, Yasushi Akimoto , wanted to form a girl group with its own theater unlike pop groups performing occasional concerts and seen on television and performing daily so fans could always see them live.
AKB48 have been characterized as a social phenomenon. AKB48 was founded as “idols you can meet”. Close interactions between fans and idols allow idols to cultivate and maintain loyal fan followings. The group is split into several teams, reducing its members’ workload since the theater’s near-daily performance is by only one team at a time and enabling AKB48 to perform simultaneously in several places.
The YouTube video in which she tearfully expresses her regret and begs to be allowed to stay in the group made headlines across the world, revealing the often tyrannical practices of the idol industry in Japan. Though she was initially demoted, Minegishi has since been reinstated as a full member — and remains single.
How did they do this? In a Twitter poll, of all things. According to a SoraNews24 article posted on Dec. While this story has a happy ending, it raises questions about idol contracts and the power balance they create, as well as how a Twitter poll could be considered a legitimate way to determine whether an idol keeps his job or gets fired.
The member Japanese girl-pop behemoth known as AKB48 will soon pass a big She had violated a cardinal J-pop rule: no dating.
A Japanese pop star has appeared in a video sobbing after shaving her head in penance for being caught spending a night with a boyfriend. Minami Minegishi, 20, of all-girl group AKB48 was forced to make an apology on screen after she broke her band’s strict no dating rule. She had been photographed by a tabloid newspaper leaving the apartment of her boyfriend, Alan Shirahama, a dancer in a boy band.
The video of her apologising which appeared on the group’s website and was later posted on YouTube has been seen by more than six million people. During the four-minute-long video, with tears streaming down her cheeks, 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 AKB I don’t know how to deal with this matter yet, but all I can do now is expressing my feelings here.
Thank you very much. AKB48 is the world’s largest girl pop group and has a total of 48 members putting it in the Guinness Book of World Records. The members of AKB48 and their affiliated troupes are then rotated in and out according to their popularity. Minegishi was one of the original members of AKB48 when it was launched by producer Yasushi Akimoto in One CD buys one vote.