japanese society =/= japanese otaku culture. /edit: it doesnt matter what japanese society thinks about otaku. Most japanese people i met outside otaku circles are really looking down on otaku. they find them weird. and likewise, otaku do not care so much about what other people think. its a core feature of being an otaku: you do your thing without having a second thought. (which makes akb entering the mainstream and normies mimicking otaku behaviour back then even more amazing.) most japanese people would always side with naachan. she is a 25 year old women with human needs and desires, and who would be so heartless and deny her a healthy relationship with a partner of her choice? but naachan voluntarily made three major lifetime decisions: she became an idol, she became a member of akb48, a group with a fanbase known for a quite extremist view on rkj, and on top of she decided to represent a very orthodox and earnest way of being a member of that group. She however DID NOT CHOSE TO QUIT BEING AN IDOL once she met her future partner. the cool thing about being an idol is that you can stop being an idol, and all those oppressive rules do not apply anymore. and guess what, the majority of your fans will still stick to you. after all, she wanted to have the cake and eat it, too. but obviously there will be certain fans ragequitting you. and if you like it or not, these fans are the reason why akb has become akb.