Girls’ Generation candid celebration

Candid photos of Korean pop group Girls’ Generation celebrating the end of their successful 2013 Japanese Tour in Osaka on April 21.

Girls Generation Japan Tour candid celebration

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Yui Aragaki promotes Asahi tea

Japanese actress Yui Aragaki at a promotion event for Asahi’s Juroku-Cha (a blend of 16 different teas) on February 4.

Yui Aragaki Asahi 16 Tea

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Minami Minegishi demoted by AKB48

Japanese pop group AKB48 member Minami Minegishi has been demoted from the main group to become a “research student” following her scandal with a male idol which was exposed very recently.

She has apologized on the group’s official channel with her head shaved, an act which symbolizes deep regrets (which is unnecessary, really).

AKB48 Minami Minegishi apologise for dating

AKB48 is by far the most popular female pop group in Japan at the moment. They have a strict no-dating rule for the members, those who got caught could be demoted or even expelled. The practice might sound strange to westerners but pretty common for idol agencies in East Asia.

Masaharu Fukuyama to star in Galileo sequel

Japanese pop star Masaharu Fukuyama will reprise his role in the sequel for hit drama series Galileo (2007).

Japanese drama Galileo

Fukuyama played a weird but intelligent professor who helped to solve crime cases using scientific methods. His 2007 co-star Kou Shibasaki will not play the major role (but expected to make some cameos), actress Yuriko Yoshitaka will play the female lead as a rookie detective instead.

Atsuko Maeda meets Taylor Swift

American singing sensation Taylor Swift was a guest star on Tokyo FM’s Heart Songs, a Japanese radio show hosted by former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda who is apparently a huge fan of the country pop singer.

Atsuko Maeda Taylor Swift radio show

Swift is currently promoting her latest album, Red, across the globe.

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