Love Ban and rules

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AKB48, Nogizaka46, SNH48, and their respective sister groups all share established rules regarding members' behavior and conduct. The most famous of these rules is the Love Ban (恋愛禁止 Ren'ai Kinshi), also referred to as the "Dating Ban" or the "Golden Rule". This is a traditional rule among idols to not have romantic relationships during their time as idols. Many other idols, both in and outside of Japan, follow similar rules.

Other group rules include prohibiting smoking, underaged drinking, drug use, contacting fans privately, or public actions that reflect negatively on the group.

Other rules

These rules are not enforced across all groups.

  • Prohibition of members dyeing their hair without company permission.
    • In AKB48 this rule was enforced in 2016, where it affected Kizaki Yuria, Kojima Mako, and Oshima Ryoka. However, throughout AKB48's history many members have dyed hair, and the enforcement of this ban has been inconsistent.
    • In SKE48 and NMB48, members of both groups have reported that there is a ban on dyeing hair without company permission. Additionally, SKE48 Kenkyuusei have reported that for the first six months of their career they are required to style their hair in the style they chose for their debut photo (hair down, ponytail, pigtails, etc.).
    • In SNH48 it was confirmed that a ban on hair dye was included in the 2nd generation Members' contract.
    • In 2019, according to Qiao YuZhen, CKG48 members were not allowed to dye their hair and were not allowed to bring beauty accessories to stage performances.
  • In Nogizaka46, members are not allowed to wear nail art and gel nails during certain occasions, such as while in the group uniform.
  • In SNH48 Group, members are not allowed to stream through third party applications other than Pocket48.

List of Members who were punished for violating rules

Some members have been fired or sanctioned due to breaking group rules. Note that some of the cases are only suppositions.

  • Dismissed: When the management requires the member to leave the group.
  • Terminated: When management terminates the contract. Similar to dimiss.
  • Suspended: The management decides to pause the member's activities for a certain time.
  • Resigned: The member resigns from the group on her own without a graduation ceremony.
  • Demoted: The member is downgraded from her status from official promoted member to kenkyuusei/trainee.
Group Member Date Reason Consequence / Punishment
AKB48 Kikuchi Ayaka August 14, 2008 Two-shot photo with a man leaked Dismissed
Saotome Miki January 25, 2009 Unknown Demoted to Kenkyuusei
Nishikawa Nanami July 25, 2009 Two-shot photo with a man leaked Dismissed
Sugiyama Miku December 4, 2009 Social Network's old profile was found with compromising information Dismissed on Kenkyuusei Selection
Ishiguro Atsuki June 20, 2010 Two-shot photo with a man leaked Dismissed during 4th Kenkyuusei Selection. Apology letter posted via Mobile Mail.
Akimoto Sayaka October 13, 2010 Love Scandal with Hiroi Oji Resigned as Team K Captain
Toyoda Saki October 23, 2010 Two-shot photo with a man leaked Resigned
Oba Mina September 2, 2011 Pre-debut social media profile was found with compromising information Resigned as Team 4 Captain and suspended
Mori Anna September 2, 2011 Pre-debut social media profile was found with compromising information Resigned
Yonezawa Rumi February 5, 2012 Private social media profile was found with compromising information Resigned
Hirajima Natsumi February 5, 2012 Private social media profile was found with compromising information Resigned
Sashihara Rino June 15, 2012 Private social media profile was found with compromising information Transferred to HKT48
Chikano Rina November 1, 2012 Party with actor Hirose Daisuke and Shison Jun Absent of some stage performances
Sato Amina November 1, 2012 Party with actor Hirose Daisuke and Shison Jun Absent of some stage performances
Masuda Yuka December 17, 2012 Love scandal with DA PUMP vocalist Issa Hentona Resigned
Kasai Tomomi January 11, 2013 Solo photobook with a preview image featured an underage child holding her breasts Release cancelled
Minegishi Minami February 1, 2013 Photos of Minegishi leaving the apartment of Shirahama Alan, a member of GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE Demoted to Kenkyuusei and voluntarily shaved head
Iida Yuka March, 2016 Purikura photos with her ex-boyfriend were leaked Resigned
Yokoyama Yui August 24, 2019 Convenience store photo with actor Daito Shunsuke Apologized on her Twitter account
Owada Nana October 7, 2016 Midnight double date with actor Higuchi Yuta and a male model Graduated
Nishino Miki October 7, 2016 Midnight double date with actor Higuchi Yuta and male model Graduated
Yokoyama Yui
(Team 8)
September 6, 2019 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Suspended
Hasegawa Momoka March 26, 2021 Leaked photo showing her holding a can of alcoholic beverage Dismissed
Suzuki Yuka April 14, 2021 Part-time cohabitation with the producer of "81moment" and suspicion of dating a second man Suspended and later graduated
SKE48 Yanase Aiko December 9, 2009 Social Network's old profile was found with compromising information Dismissed
Iguchi Shiori December 6, 2010 Suspicion of private dating with fans Demoted to Kenkyuusei
Uchiyama Mikoto December 6, 2010 Suspicion of private dating with fans Demoted to Kenkyuusei
Kito Momona December 6, 2010 Suspicion of private dating with fans Demoted to Kenkyuusei
Saito Makiko December 6, 2010 Suspicion of private dating with fans Demoted to Kenkyuusei
Yagami Kumi February 10, 2011 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Apology on the official blog
Tsuji Nozomi November 30, 2015 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Resigned
Kobayashi Kano January 6, 2017 Tweets suggesting dating and underage drinking leaked from past SNS accounts Resigned
Kawai Anna April 1, 2017 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Resigned
Tsuzuki Rika April 22, 2020 Tweeted insults against HKT48 Twitter and Instagram accounts temporarily suspended
Soda Sarina March 25, 2021 Suspicion of dating Kento Tomioka, who belongs to Johnny & Associates Graduated
NMB48 Shimada Rena September 2, 2011 Two-shot photo leaked with a man Suspended
Matsuda Shiori September 4, 2011 Suspicion of private dating with fans Suspended
Yoshida Akari September 4, 2011 Suspicion of private dating with fans Removed from Oh My God! senbatsu
Kondo Rina September 6, 2011 Suspicion of private dating with fans Removed from Oh My God! senbatsu
Watanabe Miyuki September 6, 2011 Suspicion of private dating with fans Removed from Oh My God! senbatsu
Kinoshita Haruna May 7, 2016 Affair with Akita Shintaro, the husband of Muro Kanako's sister Graduated
Suto Ririka June 17, 2017 Announced marriage at the 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo Graduated
Kobayashi Rina June 17, 2020 Dating scandal and alcohol drinking. It was all leaked through a friend's TikTok video. Announced graduation
Yokono Sumire March 23, 2021 Two-shot photo posing with male college students and suspicion of private dating Suspended, removed from Shidare Yanagi senbatsu and later resigned
Shobu Marin December 12, 2021 Contract violation Resigned
HKT48 Komori Yui August 18, 2012 Suspicion of private dating with fans Resigned
Sugamoto Yuko August 18, 2012 Suspicion of private dating with fans Resigned
Taniguchi Airi August 18, 2012 Suspicion of private dating with fans Resigned
Eto Sayaka August 18, 2012 Suspicion of private dating with fans Resigned
Nakanishi Ayaka August 18, 2012 Suspicion of private dating with fans Resigned
Murashige Anna June 11, 2014 A two-shot photo with Abe Aran, a member of Love-tune and Travis Japan Apology on Google+ and removed from Hikaeme I love you! senbatsu
Kusaba Manami April 30, 2015 Two-shot photo with a man leaked Graduated
Otoshima Risa July 21, 2016 Participated in 4th Generation auditions while under another agency Dismissed
NGT48 Nakai Rika June 16, 2018 Suspicion of half cohabitation with men Apologizes at the 10th Senbatsu Election
Team NIII April 21, 2019 Inappropriate attitudes, especially regarding Yamaguchi Maho Disbanded
Team G April 21, 2019 Inappropriate attitudes, especially regarding Yamaguchi Maho Disbanded
Kato Minami May 21, 2019 Posting an inappropriate Instagram Story about Yamaguchi Maho's graduation Demoted to Kenkyuusei
STU48 Maemura Himea December 3, 2019 A photo with a man leaked Resigned
Kadowaki Miyuna March, 2020 A photo with a man leaked Apologizes at her SHOWROOM and later resign
Morishita Maiha March, 2020 A photo with a man leaked Apologizes at her SHOWROOM
Imaizumi Miria October 7, 2021 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Suspended and later graduated
Taguchi Reika October 7, 2021 A two-shot photo with a man leaked SNS are suspended and later resigned
Minami Yurina October 12, 2021 Love scandal Resigned
Nakahiro Yayoi October 30, 2021 Leaked photo showing her drinking alcohol Resigned
JKT48 Cindy Gulla February 17, 2014 Unknown Dismissed
Thalia August 26, 2015 Private dating Resigned
Nina Hamidah February 1, 2016 Private dating Resigned
Delima Rizky March 18, 2016 Suspicion of private dating with a man Dismissed
Sendy Ariani December 1, 2016 Naked and post-sexual video that seems to belong to the person leaked on the net Dismissed
Ratu Vienny Fitrilya October 12, 2017 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Resigned as Team KIII's captain and demoted to Trainee
Regina Angelina November 1, 2017 Unknown Dismissed
Ayu Safira Oktaviani December 1, 2017 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Demoted to Trainee
Amanda Dwi Arista December 1, 2017 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Demoted to Trainee and later graduated
Dena Siti Rohyati December 1, 2017 Date scandal Demoted to Trainee, later graduated and married with the man
Priscillia Sari Dewi June 7, 2018 A two-shot photo with a man leaked Resigned as Team J's captain and demoted to Academy
Eve Antoinette Ichwan November 7, 2018 Unknown Demoted to Academy
Erika Sintia January 24, 2019 Private dating Resigned
Stephanie Pricilla Indarto Putri April 12, 2019 A two-shot video with a man leaked Demoted to Academy
Aiko Harumi July, 29, 2020 Suspicion of private dating with a man Dismissed
Shalza Grasita September 22, 2020 Contract violation Dismissed
Gabryela Marcelina November 16, 2020 Suspicion of private dating with a man Dismissed
Zahra Nur August 26, 2021 Love Scandal with Fiki, a member of the boyband UN1TY Dismissed
Yessica Tamara August 26, 2021 Love Scandal Suspended
BNK48 Jan August 31, 2017 Truancy Demoted to Undergirls and will not participate in the Japan Expo
Kaew August 31, 2017 Truancy Demoted to Undergirls and will not participate in the Japan Expo
Namneung August 31, 2017 Truancy Demoted to Undergirls and will not participate in the Japan Expo
Orn August 31, 2017 Truancy Demoted to Undergirls and will not participate in the Japan Expo
Maysa January 15, 2018 Private dating Suspended
Can May 8, 2018 Private dating Suspended
Kaew August 20, 2019 She use immitation products and the management evaluate her action as it will show bad example for fans & society Suspended on using SNSs and any activities with BNK48 for a month
Maira Kuyama August 9, 2019 Private dating Suspended and later graduated
Cake September 27, 2019 Pictures uploaded by fans showing her in an elevator entrance area with a man Graduated
Mind March 26, 2020 Photos suspected of dating a man posted on Instagram Suspended and demoted to Trainee
Faii March 18, 2021 Contract violation Terminated
Jeje March 19, 2021 Misbehavior Terminated
Mind October 1, 2021 Lack of training Suspended for a month and will not have access to SNS
View October 1, 2021 Lack of training Suspended for a month and will not have access to SNS
Pancake October 1, 2021 Breaking BNK48 dorm and internal rules Suspended for a month and will not have access to SNS
Jaokhem January 6, 2022 Breaking BNK48 dorm and internal rules Suspended for a month
MNL48 Princess Labay November 5, 2019 Photo resurfaced with her sitting on a man's lap Dismissed
Daniella Mae Palmero January 13, 2020 Photo resurfaced with her boyfriend carrying her at the beach Dismissed
Daryll Matalino June 20, 2020 Love scandal Announced graduation
Ericka Joyce Sibug October 30, 2020 Announced her plans to marry Graduation
Erica Maria Macabutas December 31, 2020 Performed at a gig show outside of MNL48's activities Terminated
Shaina Duran December 31, 2020 Made a collaboration with 2 former MNL48 members without the consent of management Terminated
Shaira Duran December 31, 2020 Made a collaboration with 2 former MNL48 members without the consent of management Terminated
Aubrey Binuya April 26, 2021 Violating house rules and regulations Suspended and later graduated
AKB48 Team SH Shi KeYan January 24, 2019 Violated the rules Suspended
Wan FangZhou January 24, 2019 Violated the rules Suspended
Xu YiTing July 10, 2019 Having a boyfriend and a personal Weibo with inappropriate posts Suspended and demoted to Trainee
Wang YuDuo October, 2019 Public supporting 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests Dropped out of a NBA's event
Zhang QiaoYu December 24, 2019 Violated the rules Watch DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 so she can learn how hard AKB48 worked
Risa April 2, 2020 Left the members' dormitories without permission, and arbitrarily changed personal information on her Weibo Dismissed
Jian QiangWei May 6, 2020 Unknown Suspended
Zhou NianQi May 6, 2020 Having private contact with fans Suspended and demoted to Trainee
Chen ZhangYuan October 5, 2020 Inability of handling group activities and inappropriate attitudes to other members Dismissed
Gong LuWen July 12, 2021 Violating external performances policy Suspended for a month
Wu YiTing July 12, 2021 Violating external performances policy Suspended for a month
Zhang QiaoYu July 12, 2021 Violating external performances policy Suspended for a month
Pan QiuYi September 24, 2021 Contract violation Suspended
Liu Nian December 4, 2021 Suspicion of dating with a drama co-star Suspended
Wang YuRan January 11, 2022 Violating the contract by selling products on a live stream Suspended
Zhang QiaoYu January 11, 2022 Private contact with fans Suspended
SGO48 Sachi May 26, 2020 Dating scandal Dismissed
Nguyễn Thị Lệ July 16, 2020 Love scandal Suspended
AKB48 Team TP Lee Meng-chun March 6, 2019 Didn't respect the contract Suspended
Sin Tik-kei March 11, 2019 Violated the rules Suspended
Liu Jie-ming February 8, 2020 Didn't respect the contract by not being responsible for the group's activities (schedules, rehearsals, concerts, etc.) Suspended and dismissed
Weng Tung-hsun July 28, 2020 Violated the rules Suspended
CGM48 Nicha November 15, 2021 Lack of internal training Suspended and will not have access to social networks
Nogizaka46 Wakatsuki Yumi September 22, 2011 Past photo booth photo leaked Suspended
Matsumura Sayuri October 8, 2014 Two-shot photo with a married man (editor) posted Apology statement posted on the official blog and on radio
Yamato Rina October 16, 2014 Dating with Okada Takato a member of NEVA GIVE UP, and alleged underage drinking Dismissed
Hatanaka Seira October 16, 2014 Suspicious dating article with model Tamaki Ryo Graduated
Noujo Ami April 15, 2018 Suspicion of private dating with actor Totani Kimito Apology on the official blog
Kanagawa Saya March 26, 2021 Suspicion of dating with Hayashi Renon (Johnny's Jr.) Apology on the official blog but completely denied dating
Ito Junna June 29, 2021 Suspicion of private dating with Naya Takeru Graduated
Hoshino Minami September 25, 2021 Suspicion of private dating with a man Suspended from 28th single promotional activities and later graduated
Nakanishi Aruno March 3, 2022 Pre-debut social media profile was found with compromising information Apology statement posted on the official blog and suspended
Okamoto Hina March 18, 2022 Contract violation Suspended and debut with 5th Generation delayed
Keyakizaka46 Harada Mayu November 11, 2015 Pictures surfaced of her with her boyfriend when she was 16, who was her former middle school teacher Resigned
Shida Manaka November 16, 2018 Suspicion of private dating with a man Graduated
Oda Nana September 7, 2019 Suspicion of private dating with a man (fashion student) Suspended and later graduated
Ishimori Nijika September 20, 2020 Suspicion of private dating with a male host Graduated
Hinatazaka46 Iguchi Mao September 27, 2019 Dating scandal exposed as a fan posted pictures of her with a man together Apology statement posted on the official blog and voluntarily refrained from group activities and later graduated
SNH48 Luo Lan October 12, 2013 Photos of her past were leaked and she gave false information to the management Uploaded a video to her Weibo apologizing
Wu ZheHan February 13, 2015 Having contact with fans privately Demoted to Trainee
Li YuQi March 8, 2015 Suspicion of private dating with male fan Apologizes and appointed as Trainee's dance instructor
Cheng WenLu May 16, 2016 Suspicion of private dating with a man Dismissed
Chen Yin April 14, 2017 Suspicion of private dating with a man Resigned
Wang BaiShuo February 3, 2018 Suspicion of private dating with a man Demoted to Trainee
Xu ShiQi October 20, 2018 Exposed for having a fiancé and going on a secret honeymoon together to the Maldives after the 5th Election Resigned
Zhao MengTing September 30, 2017 Inappropriate attitude to the dance instructor Dismissed
Jiang Shan November 2, 2016 Private dating with a wota-girl Suspension of all foreign activities
Zhang DanSan April 25, 2019 Suspicion of private dating with a man Transferred to IDOLS Ft
Fei QinYuan June 5, 2018 Private dating with a wota-girl Public apology and official fanclub canceled a fundraiser for 5th Senbatsu Election
Feng XinDuo January 22, 2020 Private dating Resigned
Deng XinYue May 23, 2021 Two-shot photo with a man leaked Demoted to Trainee and resigned
Hong PeiYun October 15, 2021 Private dating Resigned
Guo Shuang October 19, 2021 Private dating Demoted to Trainee and suspended
GNZ48 Zhu YiXin May 14, 2018 Picture of her smoking at nightclub Demoted to Trainee
Zuo JiaXin June 12, 2019 Slaps Xie AiLin during a rehearsal Resigned
Sun Xin October 16, 2019 Personal contact with a man Suspended
Zuo JingYuan February 12, 2020 Inappropriate attitudes toward Tang LiJia Suspended, demoted to Trainee and partially transferred to CKG48
Tang LiJia February 12, 2020 Inappropriate attitudes toward Zuo JingYuan Demoted to Trainee
Chen XinYu April 25, 2020 Inappropriate attitudes Terminated
Xie LeiLei December 30, 2020 Private dating with a university's classmate Publicly apologized at the theater and demoted to Trainee
Zuo JingYuan April 6, 2021 Conduct violation Demoted to Trainee for the second time
Zheng YiWen September 26, 2021 Was caught breaking the company rules by doing a live broadcast on a streaming platform with a man Dismissed
Chen JiaYing October 12, 2021 Inappropriate comments on a public platform and joined a live-streaming session on a 3rd party platform Demoted to Trainee
Zuo JingYuan February 22, 2022 Not participate in training or stage performances, did not respect the staff and was discovered smoking Dismissed
Chen JiaYing March 9, 2022 She confessed that she had a boyfriend in the past Resigned
Zeng AiJia April 19, 2022 Inappropriate attitudes toward Zhu YiXin Demoted to Trainee and won't be able to access their Pocket48 account for 3 months
Zhu YiXin April 19, 2022 Inappropriate attitudes toward Zeng AiJia Demoted to Trainee and won't be able to access their Pocket48 account for 3 months
Zhang ShuYu July 21, 2022 Private dating Demoted to Trainee and won't be able to access their Pocket48 account for 3 months
BEJ48 Chen MeiJun August 8, 2019 Had been maintaining a direct contact with a sugar daddy since 2016 Dismissed
Zhang MengHui July, 2018 Suspicion of private dating with a man Apology on the official blog
Chen YaYu September 3, 2019 Contract violation Suspended for 6 months
Fang Lei September 3, 2019 Contract violation Suspended
Zhao DiEr March 11, 2018 Absent from scheduled events, rehearsals and performances without permission Suspended
Shi YuSha March 9, 2018 Photo spread with a male classmate Suspended
Ren XinYi August 16, 2019 Private dating with a man Dismissed
Ye MiaoMiao May 27, 2020 Private dating with a man Dismissed
Zhu LiWei August 2, 2022 Filmed a college roommate while taking a shower and the video was later sent to her boyfriend Dismissed
SHY48 Sun Min April 14, 2017 Dating scandal Suspended
Zhang YunMeng April 14, 2017 Dating scandal Suspended
Wang JinMing August 22, 2017 Private dating with a man Suspended, removed from Towards The Future senbatsu and resigned
CKG48 Shi Qin March 7, 2018 Dating scandal Dismissed
Zheng YangYing March 7, 2018 Dating scandal Dismissed
Li Hui August 15, 2020 Refusal to be transferred to SNH48 Suspended for a month
Jiang Xin January 21, 2021 Unknown Suspended
Wang MengZhu March 26, 2021 Private dating with a wota-girl Dismissed
Qiao YuZhen October 6, 2021 Inappropriate comments on a public platform Suspended and dismissed
Jiang Xin May 31, 2022 Inappropriate attitudes Suspended and dismissed
Xiong SuJun July 20, 2022 Inappropriate attitudes Dismissed