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It's a been a long time since I've written anything here but I've been thinking and I need to get this off my chest.

I hate the Japanese entertainment business. By the Japanese entertainment business, I do not mean the product itself. I mean the contractual obligations most actors, actresses, idols, and the like are essentially strong-armed into signing. For those unaware, most talent agencies in Japan force their talent into a quite extensive and constrictive contract that limits many things.

One of the most glaring example of a limit is the talent's ability to date. Idols, for instance, are told to remain single so as to feed the delusions of fans believing they would be able to date them. This is completely unbelievable. No person should be forced to forgo romance just for the sake of business. This rules has been broken to horrific consequences.

The more advertised instance of this comes from 2013 when AKB48's Minami Minegishi shaved her head in shame and apology after a tabloid newspaper published photographs of her leaving the apartment of her boyfriend, Alan Shirahama, a dancer in a boy band. It is said that head shaving is a traditional form of showing contrition in Japan.

This act in and of itself is disgusting. I do not claim to know all the customs of Japanese culture but I know in my own heart when something is wrong. No one, male or female, deserves to be treated like that and be made to shave their head crying just to stay in a band, be it their decision or not.

It disgusts me that it is such a taboo to live one's life by a contract. One should live free and happy and if such a contract were offered to me, I'd rip if to shreds and set it alight!

Live by your own terms, not the ones forced upon you. Walk your own road, not the road you are pointed to.



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