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AKB48 member Tomomi Itano, 19, popularly called Tomo-chan by fans, takes part in a promotional event for wireless mobile operator EMobile's new commercial, "Finger Logo," in Tokyo on Wednesday. The new commercial, which airs from Saturday, features Itano dancing to her new single "Wanna be now" and making an "E" and "M"' (for EMobile) pose with her fingers. The pose, which is repeatedly used during the commercial, was "difficult to master," Itano said.

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"...takes part in a promotional event for creatures with only three fingers on each hand..."

"The pose...was difficult to master..."

Oh, I'll bet it was. Too many openings for satire here.

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Those are some sick looking fingers you got there girl!

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I just did that pose now, albeit in a seated position. It wasn't that hard.

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Lucky for her she wasn't doing a Star Trek promo

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shes luvly, too bad shes jailbait

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Is she trying to hand signal "Where's the toilet?"

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Her picture is all over the electronic stores right now. 19 isn't exactly jail bait. :)

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E-Mobile sucks. I got one of their phones about 2 years ago. I was supposed to have had free calls to other e-mobile phones for less than Y1000 and used it a lot, then I got my first bill and had been charged Y10,000 (and before someone asks, no, the handset etc was free of charge, so I wasn't paying for that). When I complained they said that the staff member had probably made a mistake, but still asked me to pay. So I paid and then quit. I refused to pay the extra charge for leaving though.

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taisho999 it is if you're 30 :(

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Kittens got claws.

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What is she playing... a chicken?

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AKB48 creeps me out for several reasons.

I am still amazed that such manufactured fluff sells so well. I find it creepy that so many of their fans are 30-50 year old guys. Have to wonder if there is anything to these girls beyond cute. And do any of their fans wonder the same thing?

Cute is a disease in Japan. But maybe better than having to endure Lady Gaga or trailer queen Brittany.

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Is she jailbait if you are 40?

Moderator: Readers, please refrain from using the word jailbait.

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I googled her and finally found a woman that has legs close to being as good as mine. :-) 19 is not a kid, although not legally an adult yet. I wish her luck in the business, and with the surgery she will need to fix her fingers.

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damn cute!!!

"I find it creepy that so many of their fans are 30-50 year old guys." Why??? That is the obvious fan base...men like looking at cute girls...it natural.

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Cute? Seriously? I've seen cuter walking down the street in business attire.

So what was the qualifications for being in the promotion? Who could make the most awkward face while throwing up what looks like a gang sign? Or did they just pick the least photogenic member of AKB84 and say "Yeah, she looks goofy enough".

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I bet she can give a really good backscratch with those fingers.

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She looks like she's about to initiate a 'wardrobe malfunction'.

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This is one hot looking babe. I must google her to get a view of the full leg line. 脚線美 大好き I love nice legs.

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Yup, fine legs. Some beautiful pictures of her out there. Be careful of the guys Ms. Itano

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Or did they just pick the least photogenic member of AKB84 and say "Yeah, she looks goofy enough".

Oh, she's quite photogenic. Maybe this isn't the best picture but she's all over ads and such as a model these days.

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I find it creepy that so many of their fans are 30-50 year old guys." Why??? That is the obvious fan base...men like looking at cute girls...it natural.

meluvulongtime - its ok if men like to look at something like AKB48, but if they are actual "fans" who buy the music and attend the concerts...well, let's just say I'd rather not know what they get up to behind closed doors.

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L A M E - but the two guys are not bad.

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She looks like she is flashing a gang sign.

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I am still amazed that such manufactured fluff sells so well.

tkoind2 -- AKB48 is just the latest example of the Japan entertainment machine at its finest. The various media producers, talent agencies and ad firms are all tied together into an unbreakable monopoly. Just look at the number of ads in the subways this week that have AKB48 on them. They are "most popular" right now, so every account guy at every ad agency has been told to pitch them to their clients. So everyone makes more money. I mean would any intelligent human being book a trip through HIS Travel because AKB48 is in their ads? They are mostly teenagers for pity sake. What do they know about anything?

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Yummy. even with the weird fringer thing. hope she finds true love before 24.

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I wonder where those fingers go

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Yep, cute kitten with great gams.

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I think the difficulty in the pose is getting both thumbs to push correctly.

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She should have taken some Flamenco dancing lessons. Ah...isn't it nice being 19!

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Seriously, she's ok. But there's a lot better. And there has to be some hips somewhere.

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I thought she was advertising ladies' sanitary products.

popularly called Tomo-chan by fans Fans who aren't big on imagination...

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The pose, which is repeatedly used during the commercial, was “difficult to master,” Itano said. I believe her.

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@smorkain: Yeah cause those pictures aren't airbrushed for photoshopped right? IMO, Japanese models tend to not be very photogenic, not all of them of course.

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To me, it looks like she has broken both her arms and is wearing casts.

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Yeah cause those pictures aren't airbrushed for photoshopped right?

Well i'm sure they are retouched; most commercial photos are. But this girl is in a million videos and TV ads, etc so you can see what the unretouched Itano looks like. I think she's pretty cute and apparently so do quite a few others.

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I think she's very attractive indeed, and 19 is by no means jailbait, as some cruel posters above have commented. I'm not sure finding a simple gesture "difficult to master" says much about her future career options, however. And this certainly would not motivate me to buy the product.

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Well then you guys must have yellow fever or something. She's by no means ugly, but she's no higher then a 6 on a scale from 1 to 10 IMO. Unless skinny legs, flat butts, and no chests are your thing. Sorry, I'll pass on women built like 14 year olds.

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West Siiiiiide! Wo, Wo!

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I guess she's cute to some, but I'll take Rina Nakanishi over her any day.

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Those hands make her look like a mutant. Not in this picture, but others, you can see her teeth are a gnarly mess!

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