Here’s a news item: Minami Minegishi is a member of a musical group in Japan called AKB48, one of those big giant girl troupes that dance and sing pop ballads. She was recently caught having a boyfriend, which is not allowed, according to the contract she signed with the record company. To make up for it, she shaved her head as punishment, and she tearfully apologized in a YouTube video.
I always thought it was strange how Asian media companies manage the personal lives of their employees. Think about it: these are singers. Dancers. Songwriters. Wouldn’t it make sense to liberate these people if you want them to become more creative? Think about what our music would look like if we had similar controls in place. What would the blues and country music people sing about? Their recording studios? Their agents?
This “girl” is 20 years old, which means that she’s more of a woman than a girl, which means that she should be allowed to date however she wants. Certainly one should expect there to be some repercussions to a public figure’s personal life (George Michael,Edison Chen), but simply leaving the apartment of a guy shouldn’t be cause for alarm or outcry, especially in this day and age.