The Guardian reports on Minami Minegishi’s apology for having a boyfriend, something that is, apparently, frowned upon in Japan if you are a “role model.” Minegishi is a leading member of the 88-member Japanese pop group AKB48.

“As a senior member of the group, it is my responsibility to be a role model for younger members,” she said, before ending the four-minute mea culpa with a deep, lingering bow.

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