Nagata Hiroaki
  • Nagata Hiroaki 
  • By this author: 1 Latest posted: 2014.09.30
Born in 1979 in Kagawa Prefecture. Has worked as a freelance writer and editor since his university days. Involved in the founding of the online art communication service Pixiv, and became the site’s vice president in 2007. Produces the Niji no Conquistador (Conquistador del arcoiris) “idol unit.”
AKB48 Popularity “Fanned” by its General Election2014.09.30

The “general election” of the popular idol group AKB48 has become a major event on the calendar every year, not only among fans but average Japanese as well. Surprisingly few people know, however, that the idea for the election sprang out of the fan base, rather than being a top-down decision made by the group’s producers. Some fans were upset that the producers allowed AKB48 member Maeda Atsuk…

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