Netizens have stepped up to defend the idol in the wake of her appearance on Fuji TV.
17 Aug 2015 - 4:19 PM  UPDATED 17 Aug 2015 - 4:21 PM

AKB48 member Haruka Shimata was the target of an uncomfortable joke made by the host of Fuji TV recently, where he suggested she should graduate from AKB48 if she doesn't stick to her weight loss goal. 

Netizens were quick to jump online to defend the idol, saying that the comment was insensitive, shaming the host and exclaiming that Shimata doesn't need to lose weight anyway!

Shimata revealed during the episode that she is 161cm and weighs 54 kg, but wants to drop down to 48kg by her birthday on December 16. She also said that she wants to lose weight, but struggles with dieting and failed to stick to her last diet. This is when the host stepped in to make his remark. 

Haruka Shimata joined AKB48 in 2009 and is 22 years old. 

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