Tokyo Girls' Style members experienced sexual harassment during a photo event held in Tokyo on March 18.
During the event, fans could get a picture with 2 of the group's members. While most photos ran the gambit of what would be expected, some male fans took advantage of the opportunity and posed in a suggestive manner with the members.
In particular, a set of photos, shown below, circulated social media on March 19. There was a large outcry on social media for the behavior.
The group's staff and management came under particular fire for allowing this type of behavior to occur without intervening.
"Management, please protect these girls. Even though they are professionals, they are still women. I am saddened as a fan that nothing was done. Please do something," one tweet said.
In response to the social media outrage, the group's management released a statement on March 20 through its twitter account. Management asked people to act respectfully and with good sense at future events. They also explained that any misbehavior will result in the event getting shut down and cancelled immediately.
Reaction to the announcement has been mixed. While some thanked the group's management for taking steps to protect the group, others pointed out that it shouldn't take pressure from social media to act in the members' best interest.