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It's moving to watch down-to-earth young girls who can't sing or dance gradually improve over time by diligently rehearsing. There's nothing like that overseas.

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Yasushi Akimoto, general producer of popular girl group AKB48. He plans to export his techniques for talent cultivation as a prepackaged format. (Asahi Shimbun)

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Ignoring the fact that it's more intensive in Korea, and from a far younger age, from what I've seen AKB48 still can't sing or dance. Or is he just hopeful that they'll improve by the time they're 40?

A grotesque form of pseudo-entertainment, loved only by the talentless and tasteless. That's a description of his format, not any particular person.

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There is more comedy in this one quote than I've seen in an entire morning's worth of news.

For someone to admit that their prize flavor-of-the-moment group can neither sing nor dance, while further gushing about hopes to see a cookie-cutter version of this specific brand of corporate mediocrity-farming flourish is simply astounding. He's essentially celebrated everything the entertainment industry is reviled for.

Well done, Mr. Akimoto! Let "Average" rule the day!!

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Mr. Akimoto gets the last laugh

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"Mr. Akimoto gets the last laugh"

Heh! Indeed he does. All the way to the bank.

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