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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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  • Manga publishers boycott the Tokyo Anime Fair (TAF)

    December 10, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    Last month, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government revised a bill that amends the Youth Healthy Developement Ordinance. The ordinance prohibits the sale and renting of "harmful publications" to those under the age of 18. This includes manga that are "sexually stimulating, encourages cruelty, and either compels suicide or criminal behavior". The proposed Bill 156 will require industry companies to self-inhibit the sale and renting of manga, anime,

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