In Japan, Teenage Girls Folding Paper Cranes Has Taken on a Whole New Meaning

From the streets of Tokyo to the enormously popular all-girl group AKB48, the sexual exploitation of teenage girls is a readily accepted industry.


What Japan's First Robot Wedding Was Like

If a robot can become part of your family, why can’t a robot start its own too?


Trying to Understand Why a Saw-Wielding Maniac Attacked Teenage Girls in Japan’s Biggest Pop Group

We asked Japan-based journalist and J-Pop know-all Patrick St. Michel to explain what led to this happening.


The Top 10 Most Insanely Awesome Looking Japanese Artists Ever

Japanese musicians have a finely honed sense of sartorial crazy. Lion-shaped hair? A Nintendo-accented lampshade hat? Why have two eyes when you can have eight. Popstars the world over: take note.


A J-Pop Star Had a Head-Shaving Freakout Because She Has a Boyfriend

J-pop star Minami Minegishi—a senior member of 80-strong girl-group sensation AKB48—recently brought the "shave your head and make a hysterical apology on the internet" brand of freakout to Japan. Why? For committing the selfish sin of having a...


Japanese Musical Sensation AKB48 Trick Hordes Of Fans Into Loving a CGI Popstar: Introducing Aimi Eguchi

"AKB48":http://www.akb48.co.jp/english/members/index.html is a Japanese pop act that's less of a group and more an army. Created by producer/director "Yasushi Akimoto":http://www.akb48.co.jp/english/akimoto/index.html (who also happens to be the...