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Topic - Tomonobu Togasaki
A member of a hugely popular Japanese girl band has shaved her head and issued a tearful videotaped apology for violating the megagroup's no-dating rule, sparking a national debate over whether the band's management exerts too much control over its performers.
"If you ask me whether it was necessary for her to shave her head, I would say it wasn't," said AKB manager Tomonobu Togasaki in a statement. "But Minegishi said she felt strongly about it."