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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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  • '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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