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From the pioneer of J-Pop to serial predator: Johnny Kitagawa’s legacy of exploitation and control

East Asian popular culture is on the rise, spearheaded by the global phenomenon of the Hallyu wave. K-pop idol music has played a critical part in this: it’s experienced a…

Hey Fellas, Wanna be a “Guyjin” Idol In Japan? Read the story so far and then think on it…

If you think you can dance, sing, and have what it takes to be a foreign idol in Japan, then you might be what we are looking for. Auditions will…

Amina Du Jean, Japan’s first black idol, is back with a song “Seppuku”?!

Our favorite idol (アイドル) in Japan, Amina Du Jean, has new EP out. It's called "Seppuku". Ritual disembowling (hara-kiri) has never been cuter or had a better melody. Mishima would…

Ladies of Japan: Last chance to be “The New Spice girl!” or World Idol! Apply By February 23rd!

Simon Fuller is in the midst of putting together a global pop group, the first of its kind in the world, and he is looking for talented members to join…