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What Makes Japan's Idol Culture Unique?

Essay   By Emma Ford  ·  October 08, 2018 • Tagged with idols, people, culture, AKB48, Morning Musume, Hello! Project

How did Japan become the birthplace of a plethora of manufactured girl groups? Emma Ford looks into how "idol" came to mean something very different in Japan than it does in the West.