Idols put Band-Aids on fragile male egos

| Apr 30, 2016

Idols put Band-Aids on fragile male egos

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Two cities in Tottori Prefecture have set up a facility called the Tottori Deai Support Center, which is a kind of matchmaking service for young residents. In December it published a pamphlet to help people looking for mates better understand what the opposite sex ...

Minami Takahashi leaves AKB48 after last live show

Apr 9, 2016

Minami Takahashi leaves AKB48 after last live show

Minami Takahashi formally ended her career as a member of the all-girl pop group AKB48 on Friday, after performing in her last live show in Tokyo’s Akihabara district. “I am just thankful to you … I was super happy,” the tearful Takahashi said in ...

Mar 27, 2016

All-girl AKB48 spawns Thai, Filipina sister acts

All-girl idol group AKB48 plans to add branches in two more Southeast Asian countries — Thailand and the Philippines, its management agency said. BNK48, to be based in Bangkok, and MNL48, in Manila, will join the AKB48 family as its newest sister groups, while ...

Three songs selected for Tokyo subway's departure melodies

Jan 21, 2016

Three songs selected for Tokyo subway's departure melodies

Hit tunes by the all-girl pop group AKB48 and its rival, Nogizaka46, and a 1960s duet song still popular in karaoke, have been selected for departure melodies at three subway stations in central Tokyo. Tokyo Metro Co., the operator of nine subway lines in ...

Sep 1, 2015

AKB48 management firm revises tax statement on member expenses

AKB48’s management company has revised its tax statement after an audit by tax authorities found discrepancies in rent payments for group members and other errors in the three years through November 2014, according to sources. The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau concluded that more than ...

AKB48 turns to an American studio

| Aug 15, 2015

AKB48 turns to an American studio

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AKB48’s  commercial success in Japan is often derided as a sign of the culture’s patriarchal infantilization of women, and the girl group’s inability to appeal to Western audiences a sign of Japan’s increasingly isolated ideas about femininity, sexuality and pop music. Put simply: outside ...