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J-pop Idol's Teary Apology for Dating

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Published on Feb 1, 2013

"A Japanese pop star has shaved her head and offered a filmed apology after breaking her management firm's rules by spending a night with her boyfriend.

A sobbing Minami Minegishi apologised to her fans and said she did not want to leave the band AKB48, in the video seen by millions on YouTube.

The production company behind AKB48 said Minegishi, 20, had failed to abide by its cardinal rule - no dating."*

Minami Minegishi, a singer from mega Japanese pop group AKB 48, offered a tearful apology for spending the night with her boyfriend. One of the cardinal rules of the group is no dating. Is it really so important for a singer to appear "pure" and available? Ana Kasparian and Sam Schacher (Pop Trigger) discuss.

*Read more from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-...

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