J-Pop Stars Win the Right to Have Boyfriends and Girlfriends

When you agree to be part of a J-pop idol band, you’re pretty much agreeing to a period of indentured servitude where control of every aspect of your life is taken away from you until such time you’re no longer serve the purposes of your masters. This includes a “no sex” stipulation. In fact, you might be banned from having a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Until now, anyway. From Music Law Updates:

Young pop stars in Japan have won the legal right to have boyfriends or girlfriends after a court ruled that provisions in management contracts banning relationships were unconstitutional. The Tokyo District Court said that a ‘no dating’ clause, standard for young performers, violated the right to happiness guaranteed by the Japanese Constitution. Chief Judge Katsua Hara threw out a 9.9 million Yen (£59,000) claim against a former singer brought by her management company, thought to be from the seven piece girl band Aoyama Saint Hachamecha High School. The suit was instigated back in September 2014 when of Miho Yuuki (19) and Sena Miura (22) left the band.

The management company MovingFactory had said “The parental guardians signed contracts that said the members would not have relationships with fans and would not neglect their work” adding “They have betrayed the members of the group and all their fans. We cannot forgive this”  Last month the management company for idol group N Zero announced a lawsuit against a member and a fan for having “private contact”.In the current case Chief Judge Hara saidL “Relationships are a right exercised by an individual to enrich life. They are part of the freedom to pursue happiness”.

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