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 Taiwan's ...

Jan 19, 2016

Court rules pop idol has right to pursue happiness, can date

The Tokyo District Court has rejected a damages suit filed by a talent agency against a former member of an idol pop group for breach of contract because she dated a fan. The court ruled Monday that the contract restricted her freedom to pursue happiness. The ...

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts

Sep 27, 2014

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts


Japan's entertainment industry has become so filled with idol groups that some call this the age of the "idol war." Finding commercial success amid this fierce competition can be tough, but an idol group that debuted last week is making no secret about its true ...