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J-pop idol culture is fun and all, but it may have some longer-lasting effects on Japanese culture.
The stigma and effects with idol culture in Japan J-pop idol culture is fun and all, but it may have some longer-lasting effects on Japanese culture. Every Monday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to...
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What's the hairdryer for?
We have a question about Polkadot Stingray's latest MV What's the hairdryer for? It's been a big year for Polkadot Stingray.The Japanese rock outfit scored one of the year’s bigger breakthroughs via an EP released earlier in 2017. That one was...
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The electro-pop pair salute one of the 1980s finest doll-like groups.
FEMM go full ‘80s and bring J-pop dolls back to life The electro-pop pair salute one of the 1980s finest doll-like groups. J-pop duo FEMM have been promoting themselves as “female mannequins.” Ever since appearing on the scene in 2014, the pair...
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Check out the Trailer! Who's excited?
Boy band Johnny’s West star in a Netflix original Check out the Trailer! Who's excited? A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…Johnny’s WestTalent agency Johnny’s & Associates is known for being hyper-...
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U-KISS slays the Japanese charts

It's their first single since becoming a five-member group!
U-KISS slays the Japanese charts It's their first single since becoming a five-member group! U-KISS have been underrated in Korea for years, but the boys have quite the following when it comes to international fans. One of their largest...
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She's found a man, and he's not even a famous!
Cupid: KARA's Jiyoung is dating a 'normal' person She's found a man, and he's not even a famous! Former KARA member Kang Jiyoung has found a boyfriend, but he's not a celebrity!According to Soompi, the 23-year-old was spotted with her non-famous...
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It's almost like a seal of approval from one of the more respected J-pop artists of the past three decades!
DAOKO teams up with Yasuyuki Okamura It's almost like a seal of approval from one of the more respected J-pop artists of the past three decades! J-pop artist DAOKO scored one of 2017’s biggest hits with “Uchiage Hanabi,” but she’s still seeking...
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TWICE "Knock Knock-ing" down all the milestones!
SLAYAGE: TWICE just broke a big record on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart TWICE "Knock Knock-ing" down all the milestones! It goes without saying that TWICE are massively popular in Japan ever since they debuted in the country a few...
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“Haiiro To Ao” is beating the Star Wars Trailer!
Kenshi Yonezu is trending on Japan's YouTube “Haiiro To Ao” is beating the Star Wars Trailer! Interest in singer/songwriter Kenshi Yonezu’s forthcoming album BOOTLEG is boiling over in Japan. He’s been on the rise for the last few years, but 2017...
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His travel photos through the country are awesome!
Piko Taro becomes a tourism ambassador for Uganda! His travel photos through the country are awesome! About a year ago, Piko Taro-mania was in full effect. The catchy under-a-minute-long brain melter “PPAP” was at its most buzzed-about, with Justin...
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She's trying out extra “swag” on her latest...
Koda Kumi tries out some new approaches on “HUSH” She's trying out extra “swag” on her latest... J-pop performer Koda Kumi’s best day, both in terms of sales and visibility, are behind her and unless she pulls an Utada Hikaru (which is to say,...
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"Can you believe that Twice invented sports? I love stanning queens."
Best reactions to TWICE's new Japanese single "Can you believe that Twice invented sports? I love stanning queens." After breaking records on the Japanese charts with the Japanese versions of all their Korean hits, TWICE have finally dropped their...
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Shishido Kavka cuts off her locks

What do you think of her new look? (It's SO different)
Shishido Kavka cuts off her locks What do you think of her new look? (It's SO different) A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…Shishido Kavka Feat. Ken YokoyamaCommitting to a visual overhaul requires...
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Another day, another slay!
VIXX are slaying the Japanese charts Another day, another slay! VIXX are one of the top boy bands in Korea, but did you know the boys are also hugely popular in Japan?According to Soompi, the group's new Japanese mini-album Lalala ~ Thank you for...
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*So* upbeat you might be turned off by the feel-good vibes!
AAA go all in on optimism for new single “LIFE” *So* upbeat you might be turned off by the feel-good vibes! AAA have become one of Japan’s biggest pop groups by giving people exactly what they want. Which is the normal, predictable path to top-...
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Featuring acoustic, soul baring, gorgeous music!
Unmissable September releases from Japan! Featuring acoustic, soul baring, gorgeous music! Lots of good music came out of Japan in September, but keeping track of it all can be a challenge, especially for those living outside of the island. Don’t...
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The rising J-pop singer/songwriter shows she can drive emotion home over any backdrop.
Oomori Seiko lets it all out on her latest song! The rising J-pop singer/songwriter shows she can drive emotion home over any backdrop. A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…Oomori SeikoIf there’s one thing...
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Fans of dessert, rejoice!
FAKY have a treat for the sweet-toothed Fans of dessert, rejoice! Tokyo’s “alternative girl group” (hey, just writing what I see beneath the video) FAKY have kept busy in 2017. They put out their long-simmering debut album, and it was pretty darn...
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They also embrace exclamation points!
Morning Musume ‘17 get musically hip They also embrace exclamation points! There’s really no reason Morning Musume ‘17 needs to explore contemporary musical trends. The group has Morning Musume right in the name, and they could easily coast on...
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Fans are outraged and concerned for Pour Lui.
BiS leader suspended by manager for failing to meet weight target Fans are outraged and concerned for Pour Lui. Pour Lui, the leader and founder of idol group BiS, has been suspended from the group for the near future, including for an...