Japan court rules pop idol can have boyfriends

Members of the the all-female group AKB48.In Japan, teenage pop idols are usually required to maintain a clean image and thus ordered to refrain from dating. According to a group rule, members must never disabuse their legions of male fans that they might one day stand a chance with their fantasy woman. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • In 2013, a starlet of the all-female group AKB48 shaved her head and issued a tearful YouTube apology after spending the night with a man.
  • According to a group rule, members are allowed to have "one-sided romantic feelings" for a boy but can never progress beyond hinting at their crush — and must never disabuse their legions of male fans that they might one day stand a chance with their fantasy woman.

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