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


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 ...

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 ...