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In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 file photo, hugely popular Japanese girl band AKB48 members, from left in first row, Haruna Kojima, Mayu Watanabe, Minami Takahashi, Mariko Shinoda, Tomomi Itano and Rie Hitahara, and others, pose for photographers at the opening premiere of their new film "Documentary of AKB48 No Flower Without Rain" in Tokyo, one day after a group member shaved her head and issued a tearful videotaped apology for violating the megagroup's no-dating rule. The spectacle has sparked debate in Japan over whether the band AKB48 exerts too much control over its performers. Minami Minegishi made the video, posted on AKB48's website, after the 20-year-old was caught by a gossip magazine coming out of her boyfriend's apartment. AKB48 says it forbids its members from dating to project a clean image and signal their devotion to the group and their mostly male fans. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

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