Who are the top female idols from the 1980s? Japanese people in their fifties were recently asked to rank who they think are the biggest female idols who debuted between 1986 and 1989. The online survey came up with Chisato Moritaka as number 1. The 54-year-old is still going strong, releasing music, giving concerts, and appearing regularly on TV. At number two was 50-year-old Rie Miyazawa, who made her debut in a TV commercial for Mitsui House in 1987. As regular readers will know, she went on to make a seminal contribution to the hair nude genre of photography. At number three was ...

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Yesterday we reported on AKB48 alum Mariko Shinoda, who is attempting to recover from her adultery and divorce scandal by playing an adulteress in a TV drama. Now here's another AKB48 lady who is on the verge of leaving the supergroup and, in a (desperate?) bid to make a splash as she graduates, has shown fans a flash of her butt. The slinky 27-year-old is publishing her first photo book and the previews reveal her naked rear -- or rather, show Okabe herself deliberately pulling down her bikini bottom to expose her butt. Okabe will graduate AKB on March 27, with her as-yet-untitled ...

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Dating apps like Tinder are ways to meet Japanese girls. There's always the chance that you will meet the girl of your dreams, your future wife, your next hookup -- or even a celebrity. Former AKB48 idol and model Rina Hirata has shared publicly that she is using dating apps to look for a partner. She didn't disclose which one(s) she uses -- we imagine it's not the app for otaku -- but she hasn't had any luck so far. "I met about 10 guys but none of the dates went well," the Arizona-born hottie shared at a recent event in Tokyo to launch her latest gravure image DVD, Showa ...

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Here's a nice little (late) Christmas present for you. The Japanese tarento and music idol Ourin (王林) is branching out into gravure with the release of her first solo photo book. Born in 1998, the Aomori native made her debut way back in 2007 and has been part of several idol groups over the years. One Chance was released by Shueisha on December 20. We love its flamboyant, bubble-era look. She has previously released calendars, so gravure is not a completely new career path for her, but the swimwear photos definitely seem to indicate a conscious step up in the sexy stakes compared to ...

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In a recent interview with Aera, the former AKB48 idol Nana Okada (岡田奈々) has come out as nonbinary. They don't explicitly also come as bisexual but the 26-year-old does say they are attracted to both men and women, and that they dated a woman back in 2017 (during their tenure in AKB48, which started in 2012). As readers will remember, Okada was fired from AKB48 over a dating scandal in 2022. Until then, she had been one of the most popular members of the idol group. For a more in-depth analysis of the interview and what Okada reveals, we recommend this thread. Okada is currently ...

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On October 13, NMB48 announced that Fuuwa Kuroda (黒田楓和) was to leave the music group with her graduation performance being on October 26 and last official day as a member on November 5. However, on October 28, the group announced that Kuroda will instead leave with immediate effect, and won't attend three hand-shaking events as planned on October 29, November 4, and November 5. Health issues are nominally cited as the reason, but Japanese netizens have speculated that the real reason is much darker. It is alleged that the 19-year-old made a sex tape with her boyfriend, which has ...

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People in Japan sometimes look over the water at South Korea, where plastic surgery among women is relatively common, and tut in disapproval. But the truth is, plastic surgery also happens in Japan -- and is something of an open secret in the entertainment world, where models and actors have work done early in the career but keep it under wraps. Only a few go public about it, though internet rumors persist over several other celebrities. Former AKB48 idol Kana Kobayashi has admitted to having had plastic surgery. The model Tenchim (Tenka Hashimoto) has confessed to a boob job (the results ...

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Former NMB48 idol Miyuki Watanabe has released a new photo book, Dappi, marking what seems to be a somewhat maturer look and more sensual development in her career as she enters a new stage in life. Also a one-time member of SKE48 and AKB48, Watanabe (known as Miruki to her fans) left NMB48 in 2016. She turned 30 earlier this week. Since leaving the music group, she has worked as a model and launched a music career as a solo artist and member of girl group Ange et Folletta. Dappi is her fifth book and marks the latest stage in this more adult part of her career. Last year, she ...

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Hinatazaka46 idol Hinano Kamimura has released her first photo book. The 19-year-old's book, Sono mama de (As It Is), came out on September 12 with four different covers (one for each of the seasons). It features a series of pics of the music idol in underwear or swimwear, plus a somewhat more explicit of her in a bath. Some shots have a summery vibe; others look ahead to the imminent autumn season. If you want a slim and youthful Japanese girl, you've come to the right place. There's one decidedly sexy, more mature shot where she's lying in her underwear on a ...

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Talking about going out with a bang. So many idols from AKB48, Nogizaka46, and their sister groups quickly disappear into the ether after graduating, so their final individual release (photo book, photo shoot, etc.) may be one of the last ways they can make a mark. Seira Hayakawa is doing just that, and then some. Whatever happens to the 23-year-old Osakan after leaving Nogizaka46 at the end of August (and she has indicated her intention to fully retire from the entertainment world), she has rewarded fans with her most explicit photo shoot yet. Her photo book, Some You Again, Someday, ...

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