'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

Dec 18, 2016

'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

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Competition is cutthroat among Japan's thousands of idol wannabes, but one approach seems to be working for a group of "chubby" girls deploying their cheeky cuteness to combat prejudice against obesity. Despite one of the lowest rates of obesity in the developed world, Japan has ...

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

Apr 1, 2016

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

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Standing out from Japan's many girl groups can be a daunting task, but one act, Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls), has found the answer by hiding behind masks. As many as 15,000 people flocked to a concert by the band late last year, showing how its ...

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

Oct 28, 2014

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

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It's a week until Necronomidol's big show and, practicing at a dance studio in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, the four members make a decision to change one line from "We've come to bring about the Apocalypse" to "We've come to enact Armageddon." Manager Ricky Wilson ...

Babymetal 'Babymetal'

/ Mar 18, 2014

Babymetal "Babymetal"

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It's not surprising that Babymetal has gone viral. The trio, bringing the seemingly disparate worlds of idol pop and heavy metal together, is a visually striking project perfect for the "weird Japan" fans on the Internet. What's surprising, however, is seeing Babymetal's eponymous debut top ...