Japanese celebrities

Our Japanese-language reporter dressed up to woo his celebrity crush, but it didn’t go as planned

Someone really should have warned everyone involved about what was going to happen.

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Superstar singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for “inappropriate” Instagram picture

People apparently just want the ever-young celebrity to act her age.

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Popular Japanese celebrity tattoos his family’s names on his arms, gets blasted by netizens

The overwhelming wave of criticism left model and singer Ryuchell shocked and hurt enough to make a response post. 

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Former AKB48 member speaks out against Osaka school that forced its student to dye her hair

Sayaka Akimoto recounts similar pressures she faced herself in school.

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Future idols collect 100 million eco-friendly bottle caps in just two weeks in the quest for fame

When a handful of Japan’s wannabe starlets made a plea to their limited fan base to send them as many plastic bottle caps as possible, it was generally assumed that nothing much would come of it. However, imagine our surprise when, keen to see their favorite idols hit the big time, passionate fans stepped up to donate over 100 million caps towards their case.

In Japan, fans with this level of dedication are known as “aidoru otaku”, meaning idol or star fanatics. Their enthusiasm often goes beyond the boundaries of casual fandom and enters into what can only be described as the realms of what some might deem obsessive. Even so, you’ve got to admire their team spirit- that’s an awful lot of drinks to consume!

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Who’s your secret celebrity crush? No, I’m not talking to the ladies. We know you can go on for days about Channing Tatum’s twelve-pack abs or Bradley Cooper’s smile (PS – they were People’s “sexiest man alive” for 2012 and 2011, respectively).  I want to hear from the guys.

And don’t pretend like you don’t have a secret celebrity crush.  I know at least some of you have had a moment like Andy from The Office:

Let me give you a scenario. I’m at like a beach cabana, and Brad Pitt approaches. Tries to lean in and kiss me. I would definitely resist, like at first. But if he was persistent, I might give in a little bit just to see what it felt like. Would I push him away? How hard? Like, what if he’s really aggressive?

For the fourth year in a row, Japanese entertainment website, Oricon Style, has asked this very question (not about whether or not you’d kiss Brad Pitt…they asked men to choose which celebrity they think is the most handsome).  Five hundred men in their teens to forties took the online survey from November 6 to November 9.

Let’s take a look at the results!

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