For This Idol, Life Sounds More Like Rhythm Hell

Famous since the age of twelve, sugary sweet idol Ai Kago grew up in the limelight. By the time she turned 18, that light had dimmed. During the past few weeks, Kago's been on television, first for Yakuza connections. The second reason is far more tragic: Ai Kago tried to kill herself. » 9/12/11 2:00am 9/12/11 2:00am

These Japanese Schoolgirls Hate Nuclear Power with a Cute Song

If you've played a Japanese video game, watched an anime, or read a manga, you've seen them: schoolgirls. Idols, in particular, are the lighter, fluffy end of the spectrum. They stand for the fantasies of their fans. » 9/02/11 2:00am 9/02/11 2:00am

Japanese Video Game Pop Star Called Out for Racism

Singer Reina Tanaka was never a lighting rod for controversy. The twenty year-old is a member of the popular girl group Morning Musume. She has her own anime and a spin-off mobile phone game. That is, until she offended Koreans. » 11/05/10 9:00am 11/05/10 9:00am

Rhythm Heaven Producer: Hey Americans, You Have Rhythm!

By day, music producer Tsunku writes Morning Musume songs. By night, he sleeps. Sometime in between he creates Rhythm Heaven games. » 7/09/09 6:00am 7/09/09 6:00am

From Girly Idol Group To Hit Nintendo Game

Prolific Japanese music producer Mitsuo Terada (aka "Tsunku") is best known for producing idol J poppppp group Morning Musume and helping to launch the career of singers like Aya Matsuura. He also created Rhythm Heaven. » 4/14/09 1:00am 4/14/09 1:00am