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Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda dating kabuki actor

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Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda, 22, is dating kabuki actor Matsuya Onoe, 28, tabloid media reported on Wednesday.

It is said to be Maeda's first romance since she "graduated" from the group in August 2012. There is supposed to be a strict no-dating rule for members of AKB48 in order to maintain their squeaky clean image among their legions of fans.

For the past 12 months, Maeda has been active in movies and appearing on TV variety programs, and also made a guest appearance at AKB48's summer concert in Sapporo in July.

The tabloids have been announcing news of her romance with Onoe as the "birth of a big couple."

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I'm happy for her she's my favorite AKB48

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I read that Matsuya has already introduced Maeda to his mother, and Maeda has also informed her mother about their relationship. I wish them well on the relationship.

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I wonder if this was the real reason that she 'graduated?"

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FREE AKB! FREE AKB! Let the members LOVE! To LOVE is to be human! What is this North Korea? Let them date, let them get their first awkward kiss out of the way, let them have the morning where they ask themselves "What did I ever see in this guy?" Let the members know the joy and pain of love instead of just singing songs about what they're forbidden to know! Matsuya is going to be the beneficiary of years of pent-up sexual frustration. FREE AKB! FREE AKB!

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Nice to see Maeda happy

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Entertaining!

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Kabuki actors can usually pick and choose which celeb they want to date along with baseball players here.

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People honestly believe that the AKB48 members abide by those rules? Pu-lease...

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OMG... this was TOP news this morning on the TV. Paparazzi hounding Onoe-san's taxi as bad as French journalists chasing Diana. It was disgusting how much speculation, 'rumours' and questioning that this is generating; they even had to cut short a media event by another AKB member, because the reporters were continuously asking her what she knew about the relationship - instead of what she was there to promote.

I was rushing to get to work, and all i got to see on the news was 10 minutes of drivel about a young couple getting together. Now i have to catch up on the REAL news here at work.

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can anyone name one talent/skill this girl possesses? in any other country, this girl would be working at McDonalds for minimum wage.

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Has a nice face and a good marketing department?

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Wonderful news!! Another celebrity couple!! I am sure they will be together forever!!

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Well, stop the earth from turning! A former AKB member has a boyfriend! Front page news!

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More BKA 48 news, boring...guess we'll be seeing the engagement ring at a major press coference next.

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More BKA 48 news, boring...guess we'll be seeing the engagement ring at a major press coference next.

Oh god no. That would be front page news for a week straight

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The headline is backwards: Kabuki actor dating member of AKB. That's news!!!

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They'll probably get married, then get divorced two years later after he/she cheats on her/ him, like that fool did with Norika Fujiwara. It boils my blood everytime I see him on TV!

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He's a good looking guy. Lucky him, A-chan is a fox!

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What does big couple mean?

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gahhhhhhh why why why why why does anyone care?

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Lovely just lovely, two of Japan's top entertainers are getting it on..I'm sure their offspring will immensely talented too. and listen to the name AK.BUKI !

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gahhhhhhh why why why why why does anyone care?

For the same reason we slow down to look at a car crash

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Funny to see what's considered "headline news" there in Japan.

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I'm amazed that you spend time criticizing this article as "irrelevant" o asking if she's a real talent or not, if you don't care, simply don't comment, I've seen Acchan singing and acting, granted, she has a long way to go but there's potential in her, I'm happy that she got hooked up with a person celebrity or not, she's young and she's going to make mistakes but we have to support young people, she's popular because she was for a long time the "face" of AKB48 and although I wouldn't buy or watch any of their shows doesn't mean that I wouldn't care for the people.

cheer up ok? and no I don't think they will get married but i wish them the best of luck

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"Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda, 22, is dating company employee Taro Tanaka, 28, tabloid media reported on Wednesday. Mr. Tanaka, who has no ties to the entertainment world, has worked his way upward since majoring in biology at university. 'I never really watch television and don't follow the entertainment industry, but Atsuko and I knew we'd like each other from the moment we met in a Starbucks queue. She's so happy whenever we're together; I wish these paparazzi and tabloids and TV people would just leave her alone."

...said no news source, ever.

What is the deal with these geinoujin only dating and marrying other geinoujin? Most of them don't even go by their real names -- this kabuki actor probably doesn't. And then they expect us to care about their incestuous litte world.

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rickyveeSep. 26, 2013 - 10:18AM JST stated.

can anyone name one talent/skill this girl possesses? in any other country, this girl would be working at McDonalds for minimum wage. ........................................................................................................................................ Not in U/SA. there is no that may first food joints. There are a bunch of young girls making more than 100 million dollars in their entertainment field. Majorities of her age girls are college educated and many are anime voice actresses that Sony Entertainment USA give income more than robot operators in Japan Inc. factories.

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It is sad that these girls have to "graduate" in order to have a relationship. That having been said I am anxiously awaiting the graduation Sae Miyazawa so she can start a relationship with an American pilot living in Japan :) In the meantime I am happy with my current girlfriend Mariko Shinoda.

Maybe it is my imagination but Maeda certainly seems happier since leaving the Akimoto Gumi. If she and her beau are at the introduction to mother stage they have probably been a couple for a while. Wish her happiness.

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She is beautiful girl and I'm wishing her all the best in love. Good luck Baby!

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Have ya guys seen the AKB48 - Robin Thicke collaboration?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlwyKjlaxf0

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Thanks, lostrune2.

Watched this few days before. good move! But Oshima looks fake and stupid as usual.

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seriously WGAF, next there will be a shotgun wedding as we all know celebs in Japan dont know what birth control is.

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