The Star Factory Behind Minami Minegishi, Shamed and Shaven J-Pop Star

Last week Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi, 20, one of the members of the popular girl group AKB48, shaved her head and filmed a tearful apology video to fans (since made private) after she was caught leaving her boyfriend's house on the morning of January 17th. One of the rules of the supergroup, which features 90… » 2/10/13 3:00pm 2/10/13 3:00pm

Japan Enlists Pop Girl Group to Do Something About the Economy

Japan has broken free from the long chain of unsatisfying ideas on how to stop global and national economies from sucking so bad by enlisting the help of pop group and wireless router serial number AKB48 to sell government bonds. The country, which is heavily indebted, could use some help — Japan's Prime Minister… » 5/27/12 12:00pm 5/27/12 12:00pm