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  • Akimoto Yasushi and Watanabe Mayu take on the ice bucket challenge

    August 21, 2014 @ 1:22 am

    A video of Akimoto Yasushi taking on the ALS ice bucket challenge was uploaded onto AKB48's YouTube channel on August 20.Akimoto, who was nominated by Gentosha Inc. president Kenjou Toru, boldly accepted the challenge. It took place after the group's 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome. Members Takahashi Minami and Sashihara Rino assisted in dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. "I support the ALS ice bucket challenge," he stated. Shortly after, 

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  • Akimoto Yasushi becomes the most commercially successful lyricist in Japan

    February 27, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    It was announced that the total number of sales for singles which were written by lyricist Akimoto Yasushi has reached a whopping 68,591,000 copies, which made him the most commercially successful lyricist in Japan. After including the sales from the latest Oricon weekly ranking, Akimoto surpassed late lyricist Aku Yu's record of 68,319,000 copies by 272,000 copies. Akimoto has written the lyrics for many artists such as Onyanko Club, T

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  • AKB48' producer Akimoto Yasushi receives Annie Award

    February 5, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    AKB48’s executive producer Akimoto Yasushi (54) was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production award at the 40th Annual Annie Awards. He received the award for writing the lyrics to AKB48’s song “Sugar Rush” for the Disney film Wreck-it Ralph.  The Annie Awards are the animation world’s equivalent to the Academy Awards.  Five other artists who produced songs for the film shared the prize.  The fi

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  • Akimoto Yasushi and 8 AKB48 members discuss '10 years later' on live radio broadcast

    November 24, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    On November 23rd, AKB48 appeared on a special live broadcast program on the Mihama, Chiba bayfm station. 8 members of the group including Oshima Yuko (24), Shinoda Mariko (26), Takahashi Minami (21), and Kojima Haruna (24) appeared on the special program that is produced and broadcast once every fall.  The program opened with a talk on "10 years later" between the group’s executive producer Akimoto Yasushi (54)  and the members. Akimoto

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  • All 31 finalists pass the JKT48 2nd generation audition

    November 5, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    On November 3, AKB48’s overseas Jakarta, Indonesia-based sister group JKT48 ended their second generation auditions.  The auditions took place at a studio in Tokyo and all 31 finalists passed their auditions. The 31 finalists were selected to go to the final round of auditions in Japan from 4,500 applicants who were judged on their singing and dancing skills in Indonesia.  At the final selection, the finalists were judged in two areas – s

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  • 31 finalists of JKT48's 2nd generation audition to attend final selection in Japan

    October 7, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    On October 6, AKB48’s sister group JKT48 broadcast the final auditions for their second generation members on Indonesia’s largest television network “RCTI”; it was announced that “31 finalists have qualified for the final selection in Japan.” The 'JKT48 Second Generation Audition' special live stream began at 3 PM Jakarta time and when it was time to announce qualifying second generation finalists, AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi appeared i

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  • AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi files lawsuit against 'Shukan Shincho'

    September 20, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi (54) has decided to file a defamation lawsuit through Tokyo district court against “Shukan Shincho” for an article they wrote earlier this month. Akimoto is suing for 110 million yen (~1,405,932 USD) in damages along with a published apology. The article was titled, “The bank transfer scam money that built AKB48!” and went on to claim that AKB48 was built on dirty money from bank transfer scams and undergroun

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  • AKB48's Shimazaki Haruka holds press conference as the '3rd Janken Queen'

    September 19, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    On September 18th, AKB48 held a press conference after the “Janken Tournament”, which determined the senbatsu members for their 29th single. All senbatsu members who weren’t minors were present, including the overall champion Shimazaki Haruka. Shimazaki commented about becoming the center stating, “I’ll work hard so that people don’t call me a ' ponkotsu'.” Shimazaki battled it out to take home the trophy, “I wasn’t nervous surprisingly d

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  • AKB48 to perform their 28th single at upcoming Janken Tournament

    September 17, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    On September 16th, AKB48’s producer Akimoto Yasushi announced on “Google+” that AKB48 would be performing their new single, to be released on October 31st, at the ‘3rd Janken Tournament’.  Maeda Atsuko, who graduated on August 27th, has been working as the center for AKB48 up until now. It is very probable that the center for this new song will become the group’s ‘new ace’. Ever since Maeda’s graduation announcement, it has become a hot t

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  • 'Shukan Shincho' digs up alleged dirty money used to build AKB48, office48 threatens tabloid with lawsuit

    September 13, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    On September 13th, the weekly tabloid 'Shukan Shincho' released its latest issue with the big controversial headline "The puppeteer's alchemy. A study of this generation's favorite child Akimoto Yasushi". It seems like they hit upon some dirt, as this is only the first part of a serial story. The first part is titled "The bank transfer scam money that built AKB48!" and takes a closer look at the origin of the idol group AKB48. The group is

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