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Being a fan of any entertainer in 2019 can be a challenge, as scandals both old and new make blindly supporting artists an impossible task. That might be doubly true for Japanese idol-pop acts, who inhabit a corner of the country’s entertainment industry made up predominantly of young women, which has always come under scrutiny for the way it treats those involved.

But recent goings-on have shown new ways to spur positive change for the performers involved in the idol industry — and fans are leading the charge in Japan.

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