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    This Japanese Singer Apologized for Reporting an Assault

    Maho Yamaguchi, a member of J-pop girl group NGT48, apologized onstage Thursday for “causing trouble for those who have taken care of me.” The 23-year-old was referring to her recent comments about an incident last month when she was grabbed and pinned down outside her apartment by two men, allegedly after another group member leaked her address.

    How have fans reacted? Yamaguchi’s apology has sparked angry responses from social media users, who have decried the  exploitation and idol-shaming they claim abounds in Japan’s entertainment industry.

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