From The Japan Times
AKB48 member’s ‘penance’ shows flaws in idol culture.
AKB48 member’s ‘penance’ shows flaws in idol culture | The Japan Times
The image of a young girl in front of a camera, her head recently shaved, sobbing into the lens is one that’s guaranteed to shock. But when that girl is a key member of idol group AKB48, the reaction is bound to be stronger. . . . .
****update. Minami Minegishi’s apology video on YouTube has been made private reportedly due to requests from her fans.
Also here is a well known YouTuber living in Japan with his views on it and Japan culture.