In the world of idol production, the image of a talented young producer leading his idol group to fame is commonly portrayed in doujins, but the reality may be quite different. The Metropolitan Police Department recently arrested Yuji Hoshino, 37, for allegedly engaging in more than 200 lewd acts with an idol group member who was underage at the time. While it is important to note that Hoshino has not yet been found guilty of any crime, the news has shaken the Japanese idol industry.
According to the police report, Hoshino, a producer at an unnamed talent management agency, had performed obscene acts with an 18-year-old member of a group he was in charge of, knowing she was underage at the time, on two occasions. The alleged activities took place in February 2019 and May 2022. The victim, who was a junior in high school at the time, lived alone in an apartment that the producer had arranged. According to reports, the victim was afraid of losing her position in the group or her housing if she did not do as she was told.
The news has generated uproar in the Japanese idol community, with many expressing concern for the safety and well-being of idol group members in general. It has also highlighted the need for greater regulation and protection for young talent in the entertainment industry.
It is important to note that Hoshino’s allegations have not yet been proven in court, but the case serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting young people in the entertainment industry and ensuring that safety and welfare standards are met.
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