J-Pop

J-pop megastar Utada Hikaru previews new song, hikes Japanese Alps in beautiful videos【Video】

The ordinarily attention-averse musician treks through some of Japan’s most gorgeous scenery.

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Woman arrested for scalping tickets to Japanese boy band Arashi’s concerts

Sparks online questions about why she was singled out.

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Are anime and idol songs the musical choice of poor people? Income survey has some otaku worried

Anime has plenty of rousing anthems, but some are calling this data downright depressing.

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Pop/gravure idol Ai Shinozaki releases interactive “video phone call” music video for new single

Well-endowed star Ai Shinozaki celebrates her major record debut in a majorly cool way.

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Idol singer dating bans are unnecessary, say majority of Japanese college men in survey

”Idols are people too,” says one man in favor of freeing idols’ love lives.

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Japanese teen idol group disbands following “indecent behavior” by producer as members slept

“We won’t stand for this,” assert vocalists.

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Our writer transforms into a rock goddess in hopes of teaming up legendary musician Yoshiki 【Vid】

Our Japanese-language writer gets a visual kei makeover as part of her quest to join the all-female follow-up to X Japan.

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Babymetal shows maturity as rude U.K. award presenter repeatedly interrupts speech 【Video】

When a teenage girl from a band with “baby” in its name does a better job of acting like an adult than you do, you might want to work on your manners.

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Japanese idol singer stabbed over 20 times by fan regains consciousness

20-year-old Mayu Tomita now in stable condition following brutal attack.

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Idols ahoy! AKB48 to hold concerts at Universal Studios Japan every day starting in July

Osaka theme park doubles down (48-times down?) on its Japanese appeal with daily performances by members of four Japanese idol supergroups.

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Want some canned Japanese idol air? Smartphone virtual crane game offering exactly that as prize

Here’s your chance to breathe the rarefied air of AKB48, Japan’s highest-flying idol mega group.

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Japanese idol group’s CD-purchase rewards include overnight hot spring stay with favorite singer

Fans will need to part with two million yen (US$18,181) to earn the weekend getaway.

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Meet Pikarin, the 20,000-year-old blood-stained idol from hell【Video】

Up-and-coming idol Shina Pikarin is making a bloody splash among teens in Japan with her occasional death-metal vocals and up-tempo pop beats.

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Mr. Sato and the RocketDancers assemble for a sexy, electrical-tape intensive music video 【Video】

Believe it or not, there’s a perfectly good reason for these costumes.

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Finally! A music video portrait orientation, perfect for the smartphone age【Video】

This clever little video makes it seem like they’ve hacked your iPhone.

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New trailer for “your Name.”, newest anime from Makoto Shinkai, is packed with emotion【Video】

From its amazing visuals to its pure-hearted rock theme by Radwimps, the upcoming anime film from the celebrated director is proud to wear its heart on its sleeve.

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New smartphone game lets you date real-life J-pop idols, but shockingly gives them 100 Boyfriends

Nogizaka 46 romance simulator is an odd mix of daydream fantasy and unintentional cynicism.

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Say I do with Hatsune Miku! Virtual idol now gracing Japanese marriage certificates

Two designs to help you and your beloved begin your real-world wedded bliss.

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Japanese music stores engage in war of words over idol handshake events

Has music become nothing more than extra content for idol handshake events?

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Robotic dance group World Order is back with a new music video filmed in Shanghai【Video】

Amid tension between countries in East Asia, techno dance group World Order travels to China to promote their message of peace in their latest music video.

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