‘The recent scandal involving One Direction allegedly smoking a joint gives an idea of how these incidents can affect a Western act.
The culture in Japan, however, makes these incidents much more serious.’ While there has been something of a ‘So what?
It has 140 members on an evolving roster, divided into a number of ‘teams’ that allow the brand to be a ubiquitous presence throughout Japan and beyond: AKB48 also has ‘sister’ groups in China and Indonesia.
As a result of its moveable membership, there is an AKB48 gig almost every day in the band’s own theatre in Akihabara, the Toyko district which gave the group its name (the ‘48’ comes from the size of the original line-up in 2005).
‘AKB48 are marketed to such an extent, both collectively and individually, that you wonder how any of these girls could ever become a normal member of society again,’ he said. The level of control over the group doesn’t seem to put the girls’ best interests at heart.
‘When potential members of idol groups such as AKB48 are recruited, they have to sign a contract that excludes things that typically include dating, drinking and smoking.One of AKB48’s most famous songs is 2010 hit Heavy Rotation.Its accompanying video depicts the group having a pillow fight in their underwear, kissing each other and taking a bath. Being in AKB48 brings fame and experienced members are eventually allowed to ‘graduate’ to a solo career, but it comes at a price, according to Random J, a London-based J-Pop blogger.Our free personal ads are full of single women and men in Takizawa looking for serious relationships, a little online flirtation, or new friends to go out with.Start meeting singles in Takizawa today with our free online personals and free Takizawa chat!