Feb 26, 2015

AKB48 Theater logs millionth visitor since 2005

The AKB48 Theater in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, the base for all-girl chorus and dance troupe AKB48, on Wednesday welcomed its millionth visitor since opening on Dec. 8, 2005. Its beginnings were underwhelming: There were only seven people in the audience during the group’s first ...

Nov 5, 2014

Man who attacked AKB48 members with saw pleads guilty

A 24-year-old man who attacked two members of the idol group AKB48 with a saw at a May event in Iwate Prefecture pleaded guilty at the first session of his trial, but used unusually colloquial language when responding to a question from the presiding ...

AKB48 singer co-writes book on Constitution

Jul 24, 2014

AKB48 singer co-writes book on Constitution

Natsuki Uchiyama, an 18-year-old member of the all-female idol group AKB48 who is known for reciting passages from the Constitution on stage, has now co-written a book about her favorite subject. “Constitutionalism,” written in collaboration with Shigeru Minamino, an associate professor at the Kyushu ...

AKB48 rebounds from saw assault to crown new queen bee

Jun 7, 2014

AKB48 rebounds from saw assault to crown new queen bee

Mayu Watanabe was voted the top AKB48 idol in a popularity contest Saturday amid tight security after two members of the all-girl pop group were attacked by a saw-wielding man last month. Thousands of fans congregated at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, western Tokyo, for ...