Minami Minegishi demoted by AKB48

Japanese pop group AKB48 member Minami Minegishi has been demoted from the main group to become a “research student” following her scandal with a male idol which was exposed very recently.

She has apologized on the group’s official channel with her head shaved, an act which symbolizes deep regrets (which is unnecessary, really).

AKB48 Minami Minegishi apologise for dating

AKB48 is by far the most popular female pop group in Japan at the moment. They have a strict no-dating rule for the members, those who got caught could be demoted or even expelled. The practice might sound strange to westerners but pretty common for idol agencies in East Asia.

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