J-Pop

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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Music video featuring the winners of blackboard art contest is “chalk” full of imagination【Video】

These budding artists are giving us some serious goals.

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Kimono-clad Hatsune Miku figure proves she’d have looked just fine in the pre-computer era

Exquisitely painted figure reimagines the digital idol in traditional garb.

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AKB48 and Nogizaka46 songs to be played as subway train departure melodies in Tokyo

You can probably tell which stations they’ll be played at, but can you guess which songs have been chosen?

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Japanese judge dismisses lawsuit against idol singer who violated contract’s no-dating clause

Suit tossed out of Tokyo district court in rare win for idols’ romantic freedom.

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The five members of the popular group appeared sombre during their special television appearance last night. 

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Sayonara, SMAP! Japan’s biggest boy band reportedly breaking up

Reports indicate that the five-man vocal group’s 25-year stint in the Japanese spotlight is about to come to a close.

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “little sister” Hamada Bamyu Bamyu is kinda cute and kinda gorilla【Video】

Are you a fan of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? Then perhaps you’ll like her new “little sister” Hamada Bamyu Bamyu, Japan’s latest quirky pop sensation.

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The 10 best anime about idols, as chosen by the Internet masses

With gigantic casts of characters who are groomed to become fan favorites, what’s not to love? Did your favorite idol anime make the list?

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Ease your Christmas loneliness with idol singer Santa cosplay 【Photos】

J-pop vocalists dress up as Miss Claus.

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J.J. Abrams reveals that he wanted an AKB48 idol in the cast for Star Trek

The famed Hollywood director was ready to set his phaser to “idol.”

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Justin Bieber kisses two of Japan’s most popular idols, breaks the hearts and minds of their fans

Two pecks on the cheek, far, far more angry idol otaku.

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“Painter x Lyrics: Flower Edition” art book turns music lyrics into gorgeous illustrations

Lovers of Japanese music and art rejoice, because the second volume of the Painter x Lyrics (絵師×歌詞) art book series went on sale on November 20!

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McDonald’s offering massive 48-McNuggest bucket in Japan, but true idol fans need to eat 1,200

Because why stop at 40 pieces when you could order 48, or just keep going into quadruple digits to really support your favorite Japanese idol singer?

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