music

New single moves AKB48 to second place on all-time Japanese CD sales list, but is it enough?

Idol group’s newest song is its 36th million-seller in a row, but a recent change may mean it’s leaving a ton of money on the table.

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Idol singer mega-group AKB48 cancels annual General Election following string of scandals

Event will be skipped for the first time in 10 years, leaving fans to find some other way to throw money at their favorite idol units.

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Japanese Dragon Quest fan finds her one-button fix for composer’s questionable politics

Koichi Sugiyama’s political beliefs keep some gamers from enjoying the video game series, so this famous Japanese psychiatry expert has her own special cheat code.

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Tokyo church cancels anime singer’s concert because of her involvement with adult video games

Discovery of Rekka Katakiri’s erogame contributions cause venue to pull plug on event less then three weeks before it was scheduled to be held.

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What?!? You can play the Super Mario theme by writing three numbers on a piece of paper?【Vid】

You don’t need musical instruments to play the famous Nintendo theme’s opening, just writing instruments.

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Hello Kitty lovestruck by American singer and YouTuber Austin Mahone in Tokyo

Hello Kitty falls a little bit in love with her “YouTube senpai” Austin Mahone.

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Is this real life? Canadian musician becomes apprentice to Japan’s world-famous shamisen masters

Musician Norm Nakamura’s movie-like story is a real-life example of how far you can go if you really chase your dreams

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X-Japan’s Yoshiki takes epic fall from skateboard, posts it on Instagram, sparks storm of concern

Could skateboarding be the one thing he’s not good at?

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BTS becomes first-ever K-pop group to present at Grammy Awards

The boy band might not have won in their category at the Grammys, but they came out winners by the end of the night.

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Jennifer Connelly sang a Japanese song that became a number one hit single in Japan 【Video】

Watch as a teenage Connelly advertises a Technics product while singing in perfect Japanese.

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Japanese net mourns 2020 hiatus of mega-idols Arashi, group explains reasons for the decision

The number-one multifaceted male pop group in Japan has inadvertently broken the hearts of millions.

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Aichi man discovers he is the legendary “Ghost Trumpeter of Lake Iruka”

One guy’s life suddenly became an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

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Ariana Grande “fixes” her 7 Rings Japanese kanji tattoo, but it still says tiny charcoal grill

Throwing another kanji character into the mix doesn’t exactly fix the mistake.

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Ariana Grande’s kanji tattoo fail: new ink reads “Japanese BBQ grill” instead of “7 Rings”

The American popstar says there’s a story behind her embarrassing tattoo mistake.

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J-pop star Utada Hikaru’s childhood drawing reminds us that dreams can come true

Kingdom Hearts III singer shares drawing, message of what she wanted to be when she grew up.

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J-Pop singer to perform song written and composed by the emperor and empress at upcoming ceremony

Singer Daichi Miura of Dragon Ball Super fame is selected to perform a song created by some unlikely collaborators–the Imperial Family of Japan.
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Can you guess what celebrity snuck into this Japanese Coming of Age Day photo?

Twitter user’s fun experiment in style grabs the attention of the actual celebrity photoshopped into the image above.

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The surprising source of the Ohmus’ voices in Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

You’d never guess how the sound effect for an Ohmu’s voice was produced.

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Man buys CD from amateur musician on streets of Tokyo, stomps on it in front of her face【Video】

Claims it was an accident, but absolutely no one believes him.

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Even Michael Jackson is getting in on the action, with his own fukubukuro in 2019

We pop open a lucky bag essential for fans of the late King of Pop.

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