AKB48 turns to an American studio

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Aug 15, 2015

AKB48 turns to an American studio

by Roland Kelts

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 ...