Minami Minegishi, of the Japanese girl group AKB48, makes a public statement via YouTube.
Her band now has a strict ban on dating. She is honor bound to adhere to any and all rules associated to her, as is her obligation to society and her fans.
This act of contrition, and her apology, is entirely reasonable and necessary. You may seem a little shocked, but that’s entirely natural. In Japan, the public always comes before the individual. One is supposed to have utmost respect and humility, as exemplified here.
It’s merely a cultural difference, and nothing to be disgusted about. source
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