Never mind the bad publicity and growing international outrage. AKB48 has removed the now notorious apology video which has racked up over 7 million views since being uploaded on Thursday to appease the fans. Meanwhile, the fallen idol herself has made her first public appearance since shaving her head. Read on for more details!
The image of AKB48 member Minami Minegishi with a shaved head tearfully apologizing on YouTube was one of the most shocking sights to emerge from Japan in recent memory. Now, AKB’s Group Theater General Manager has taken to the web to address questions about Minegishi, her condition, and AKB’s notorious punishment policy. Read on for full transcript.
The blitz on the senses and good taste that is "Christmas in Japan" just wouldn’t be the same without over the top Xmas cash-in songs and accompanying promo videos to go with them. Now, idol super group AKB48 throw their santa caps in the ring with "Totteoki Christmas". Watch after the jump!
“World Calling” is the first single by Vocaloid song creator Jin, made using the female Vocaloid3 voicebank IA. The song, which will go on sale also doubles as the theme song for the upcoming 2012 VOICE FES hosted by NTT Communications. Enjoy a very catchy song and cool video (subbed in English) after the jump.
Team Syachihoko may not be the biggest name in the Japanese idol group scene, but they've just delivered a winning strike with the music video for their new song, “The Stardust Bowling”. Behold the rather startling sight of little Japanese girls beating the tar out of grown men dressed as evil bowling pins after the jump!
Music Jacket Award 2012, the award for the most excellent CD cover of the year, announced its annual winners today. The grand prize goes to "Moshi Moshi Harajuku", the debut mini-album by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu which was released in August 2011. Hit the jump for more details.
BEWARE! Japan will soon be assaulted by Chinese hopping vampires in the form of the new comedy action show Haohao! Kyonshi Girl. Now, idol unit 9nine, who also star in the program, have unleashed a mad music video that throws 8-bit graphics, hopping vampires dancers and DJs in to the hyperactive mix. Prepare to be frankly astonished and boggled after the HOP!