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Takahashi Ai Featured in The Wall Street Journal December 9, 2011

Posted by Nights4Saturn in Takahashi Ai.

Yup, you can even read the article for yourself, entitled “A J-Pop Star Goes From Music to Musicals,” here.

Sure, that may not be The Wall Street Journal proper, and the chances of this article ever actually appearing in print are nill to none; it still is a pretty surprising piece in an unheard of location.

What really impresses me most about the article is its rather serious nature and intended audience. Japanese pop idols aren’t treated as a strange curiosity, but in a matter of fact manner as a legitimate staple of the Japanese entertainment industry. On top of that, the article is specifically about Ai’s new play and her transition away from Morning Musume, something I can’t help but think would go over the heads of most casual readers. Sure, people like us eat this kind of stuff up, but those poor regular folk who don’t know who Takahashi Ai is would probably find it a little too specific for their tastes.

So what it all boils down to is that we have an article from The Wall Street Journal about Takahashi Ai written to appeal to Jpop fans. I approve. 😀



1. clocutron - December 9, 2011

This is really fantastic – thanks for the share, Nights. I totally agree how great it is that she’s given the proper star treatment rather than being treated like some Japanese oddity. She really deserves this kind of recognition and I hope it’s a sign that western news sources will continue to take notice more often of our favorite idols and give them the recognition they deserve.

Nights4Saturn - December 12, 2011

While I wouldn’t put a whole lot of hope that we’ll ever see widespread coverage of idols in the Western news, this is certainly a step in the right direction towards that dream!

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