Recently, AKB48 member was caught breaking her firm's strict rules against dating; she then took to the airwaves, shaving her head in contrition and apologizing. The video below was a take from The Young Turks channel (for those that don't know TYT, they're a web based political commentary video channel): Personally, I understand that they're selling a "virginal" image and that it demeans women. However, a contract is a contract. Much like HK Gillian sued for violation of her innocence and privacy when pics of her in a changing room was aired, only to be laughed at when more lurid pictures of her eating 'Tube Steak A La Edison' flooded the net; there's hypocrisy all around the entertainment industry. From actresses being trained to hold their hand in front of their mouths when they laugh (to imply shyness and innocence) to dressing in school girl outfits, they're selling an image that we all know is fake, but one that is appealing to the general masses, demeaning or not. Hence, IMHO, she violated her contract, she should be fired. This is important because it would otherwise set a precedent for all the other AKB48 members, who would take it as a sign that they too, can otherwise date on the sly. And for those that have never heard of them, an AKB48 video: If I'm not mistaken, I think the woman in question appears at 03.46 of the above video.