Given all the sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood, the media, the music industry, etc., I was wondering what the extent of sexual harassment was in the Japanese pop music industry. To be honest, I've never heard any stories, other than the standard way the girls are often restricted in their behavior, which is not what I'm referring to. I'd be very surprised if I heard anything like this coming from Up-Front, but what about the AKB empire or AVEX or other corners of the industry? Do these things simply not happen because of the way these organizations are structured and the way the girls are protected or do we simply not hear about them because they're covered up so well? I was just wondering if anyone had ever heard any stories like this or, if not, had any insights into why things are different there.
I'd love to be able to say, "It doesn't happen here," meaning in J-pop, but I don't want to sound foolish or naive if it's not true.