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Published:February 5th, 2013 11:35 EST

Japanese Singer Caught Dating, Apologizes, Shaves Head, Breaks Into Tears

By John Pustelnik

On January 31st, a Japanese singer posted a video with her hair shaved off, and while crying, apologized for dating, which went against her managements rules.

Minami Minegishi (20), a member of the popular Japanese all-girl group AKB48, was caught dating by a Japanese tabloid magazine.

There is a strict "no dating" rule imposed on all 88 members of the group.

Shortly after pictures of Minegishi leaving a boy`s apartment were published by the tabloid, she posted a video showing that she had shaved her head as an apology to her fans for her "thoughtless and immature" actions.

Head shaving is not a common form of apology in Japan. Minegishi said she cut her hair off while in shock after reading the tabloid story.

"I don`t believe by just doing this means I can be forgiven for what I did," said Minegishi. "But the first thing I thought was that I don`t want to leave AKB48."

According to AKB48`s management, Minegishi has been demoted to a trainee team as punishment for "causing such a nuisance to the fans."

The video, which was posted on YouTube, received an overwhelmingly negative backlash. It has since been removed from AKB48`s YouTube channel.