It is a fact.
Prefectural law on this issue pretty much overrides federal/national law. Age of consent in Tokyo is 18. Adulthood is defined as 20. Haru is a minor. Furthermore, there's a plan to have all prefectures have age of consent at 18. I believe most already have it at 18, also. Age of consent on a national level being 13 is not applicable to a situation with an adult involved anyways. Thus, him being an adult being together with her alone like this is something that is highly problematic, with regards to the Tokyo law regarding minors.
She's also not in a hotel here, she's out and about, walking around:
As for NMB48, scandals like this are not doing wonders for improving their low sales figures. And yes, NMB48 are on another management. They are under Yoshimoto.
Haru's scandal is heavy. There's no excuse for anything here.
Remember Miichan's scandal where she cried her eyes out and shaved off her hair? She had violated the idol philosophy. That was all.
Haru has gone much further than that.
honestly .. I think I will just stop there ..
I don't understand Japanese and there is only so much I can do using google translator ..
Furthermore .. I do not have an understanding on the Japanese legal system and history ..
Basically .. everything is lacking and the chance of being wrong is very high ..
So I will stop at there .. furthermore it is nonsense now considering that we should never get to the point that we need to get it right ..
Honestly base on the legal system I know a bit of .. the link look like an Article .. and Article is for clarifying an Act ..
So the relating Act has to be found .. and for it to be criminal law .. there has to be penalties for violation ..
and the funny thing is .. I haven't seem any of that .. so I am either missing something and/or its my lack of Japanese understanding and/or my lack of understanding the Japanese legal system
From where I am from there is a difference between civil law and criminal law.. age of consent come under statutory rape which is criminal law .. and not all countries follow this I found out ..
So no more talks on law .. its giving me an headache .. I am suppose to spend my free time checking on my idols and be happy when I go to bed soon ..
looking at the pic you post including pics I see ..
It is not clear but seem that all the shops they past around them are open and most shop close at 9pm latest ..
however .. the clearest pic seem to be a convenience store which mostly operate 24 hours in Tokyo..
The lack of obvious shops around them makes it questionable as if the paparazzi want to pin her for staying out late .. they would be smart enough to not show a shop in the background still being in operation
Unlike the Aanya scandal .. we can sort of see the shops closed in the background and there are no one around on the streets which makes it obviously late ..
LOL .. as usual i love studying pictures
Back to the idol parts ..
well .. i would understand it is upsetting and disappointing ..
I don't follow her closely and my knowledge are basically 2011-2012..
She came my country before when NMB48 came my country ..
I actually nearly selected her as oshimen .. when they started .. but I caught notice of Riichan during my finalizing process and I change my mind ..
Ya .. I am quite technical on oshimen selection ..
She came off as an really fun and good girl when I met her .. really an idol which I think could have made my NMB48 fandom better if I had selected her instead of Riichan ..
The fans see her grow up .. she was the youngest member in 1st gen..
and 48G is so about fun, love and bringing smile and joy to people ..
Its just so dark that this happen .. it is like her idol light being extinguished ..
This part is just my thoughts and me guessing what happen and totally not factual at all ..
The thing that is scary thing in question is the guy look rich and powerful ..
Haru had this fantastic change and become really attractive ..
The thing is how in the world can she link up with another member's brother in law?..
then Murokana's sister make serious allegation on her but withdraw that allegation suddenly and apologized
It seem to look like a private settlement ..
Then Shukan Bunshun publishes those pics .. which seem like Shukan Bunshun manage to find and payoff the private investigator for those pics ..
It seem possible as pics for such a sensational scandal is worth their money ..
and yes .. this goes far off for idol philosophy ..
Sasshi had to move to HKT48 even though she maintain her innocence .. it is the not even about what she done .. she could be totally innocent but bringing about bad reputation and doubts to herself, the group and organization represented by other members and staff.. violated the idol philosophy
this scandal makes most of the other scandals look like minor issues ..even Yukirin one as she is an adult ..
Sadly I think something got to be done .. but I think it would be sadder if nothing is done ..
not because it may mean that they are out of control .. but it may cause 48G to lose more fans ..