Japanese idol

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An idol is a type of entertainer manufactured and marketed for image, attractiveness, and personality in Japanese pop culture.wikipedia
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J-pop

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Most idol singers work across genres of Japanese pop music, usually in the genre that is most popular at the moment, but they also have their own subculture of music.
Ito Music City, a Japanese record store, adopted expanded classifications including Group Sounds, idol of the 1970s–1980s, enka, folk and established musicians of the 1970s–1980s, in addition to the main J-pop genres.

AV idol

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Subcategories of idols include gravure idols, female models in "cheesecake" photographs intended for the male audience; junior idols, gravure models under the age of 15 years; AV idols, female adult stars; net idols, starlets who gained popularity through the Internet; idol voice actors, voice actors of anime and video games who also hold an idol singing career; and virtual idols, fictional starlets with real-time activities.
An AV idol (AVアイドル), also known as adult video idol or AV actress (AV女優), is a Japanese idol who works in the pornographic business, often both as an actress as well as a model as the video performances vary widely, from suggestive softcore imagery to hardcore pornography.

Momoe Yamaguchi

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Momoe Yamaguchi, Junko Sakurada, Saori Minami, and Mari Amachi, some of the idols recruited through television, were iconic figures of this era, along with groups such as Candies and Pink Lady.
Momoe Yamaguchi is a Japanese former singer, actress, and idol whose career lasted from 1972 to 1980.

Candies (group)

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Momoe Yamaguchi, Junko Sakurada, Saori Minami, and Mari Amachi, some of the idols recruited through television, were iconic figures of this era, along with groups such as Candies and Pink Lady.
Candies was a Japanese idol trio formed in 1973, their first single being "あなたに夢中" (Anata ni Muchu).

Seiko Matsuda

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The rapid growth of idols appearing in the pop music scene led the 1980s to be known as the "Golden Age of Idols", defined by Seiko Matsuda, Akina Nakamori, Kyōko Koizumi, and Onyanko Club.
Seiko Matsuda is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter, known for being one of the most popular Japanese idols of the 1980s.

Saori Minami

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Momoe Yamaguchi, Junko Sakurada, Saori Minami, and Mari Amachi, some of the idols recruited through television, were iconic figures of this era, along with groups such as Candies and Pink Lady.
In the 1970s she was active as an idol.

Net idol

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Subcategories of idols include gravure idols, female models in "cheesecake" photographs intended for the male audience; junior idols, gravure models under the age of 15 years; AV idols, female adult stars; net idols, starlets who gained popularity through the Internet; idol voice actors, voice actors of anime and video games who also hold an idol singing career; and virtual idols, fictional starlets with real-time activities.
Net idols emerged as an offshoot of Japanese idols in the late 1990s.

Onyanko Club

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The rapid growth of idols appearing in the pop music scene led the 1980s to be known as the "Golden Age of Idols", defined by Seiko Matsuda, Akina Nakamori, Kyōko Koizumi, and Onyanko Club.
Onyanko Club was a large all-girl Japanese pop idol group in the 1980s.

Namie Amuro

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In spite of this, Namie Amuro, who gained fame as the lead singer of Super Monkey's, found popularity among young girls who emulated her appearance.
A leading figure of the Japanese entertainment industry since the early 90s, Amuro is known for breaking the youthful idol stereotype of J-Pop, changing the fashion trends and lifestyle of women in Japan, her experimentation across music styles, and for her visual imagery in music videos and live performances.

Akina Nakamori

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The rapid growth of idols appearing in the pop music scene led the 1980s to be known as the "Golden Age of Idols", defined by Seiko Matsuda, Akina Nakamori, Kyōko Koizumi, and Onyanko Club.
As of 2011, Akina has sold over 25.3 million records and was named as the third best-selling female Japanese idol singer of all-time.

Johnny & Associates

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Male idols such as SMAP and other acts from Johnny's Entertainment became notable in the 1990s and drew in fans from in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Johnny & Associates is a Japanese talent agency, formed by Johnny Kitagawa in 1962, which trains and promotes groups of male entertainers known as Johnny's .

Mari Amachi

Momoe Yamaguchi, Junko Sakurada, Saori Minami, and Mari Amachi, some of the idols recruited through television, were iconic figures of this era, along with groups such as Candies and Pink Lady.
She started the era of Japanese idols in the 1970s and 1980s.

Pink Lady (band)

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Momoe Yamaguchi, Junko Sakurada, Saori Minami, and Mari Amachi, some of the idols recruited through television, were iconic figures of this era, along with groups such as Candies and Pink Lady.
Nemoto and Masuda epitomize the Japanese concept of the aidoru or pop-star "idol," singing catchy, hook-filled pop songs, often with a disco flavor (in later years especially), and performing almost perfectly synchronized dances to accompany their songs.

Morning Musume

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Idol groups like Speed and Morning Musume became prominent. The 2000s saw the rise in popularity of idol groups again, with groups such as Arashi; Morning Musume's sister groups Berryz Kobo, Cute, and S/mileage; and AKB48.
'19), formerly simply Morning Musume and colloquially referred to as Momusu, are a Japanese female idol group, holding the second highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts as of February 2012, with the Oricon record of most top ten singles with an amount of 64, and they have sold over 21 million copies in Japan alone.

Berryz Kobo

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The 2000s saw the rise in popularity of idol groups again, with groups such as Arashi; Morning Musume's sister groups Berryz Kobo, Cute, and S/mileage; and AKB48.
Berryz Kobo (Berryz工房) was a Japanese idol girl group.

Cute (Japanese idol group)

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The 2000s saw the rise in popularity of idol groups again, with groups such as Arashi; Morning Musume's sister groups Berryz Kobo, Cute, and S/mileage; and AKB48.
Cute, was a Japanese idol girl group associated with Hello! Project and produced by Tsunku.

AKB48

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The 2000s saw the rise in popularity of idol groups again, with groups such as Arashi; Morning Musume's sister groups Berryz Kobo, Cute, and S/mileage; and AKB48. During 2014, about 486,000 people attended AKB48 and Momoiro Clover Z's live concerts, which was the highest record of all female musicians in Japan.
AKB48 (pronounced A.K.B. Forty-Eight) are a Japanese idol girl group named after the Akihabara (Akiba for short) area in Tokyo, where the group's theater is located.

Angerme

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The 2000s saw the rise in popularity of idol groups again, with groups such as Arashi; Morning Musume's sister groups Berryz Kobo, Cute, and S/mileage; and AKB48.
Angerme, formerly Smileage, is a Japanese idol girl group from Hello! Project, which originally consisted of four former Hello!

Voice acting in Japan

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Subcategories of idols include gravure idols, female models in "cheesecake" photographs intended for the male audience; junior idols, gravure models under the age of 15 years; AV idols, female adult stars; net idols, starlets who gained popularity through the Internet; idol voice actors, voice actors of anime and video games who also hold an idol singing career; and virtual idols, fictional starlets with real-time activities.
The then editor-in-chief of Animage, Hideo Ogata, was the first to publish editorials on the ongoing transformation of voice actors into idols.

Junior idol

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Subcategories of idols include gravure idols, female models in "cheesecake" photographs intended for the male audience; junior idols, gravure models under the age of 15 years; AV idols, female adult stars; net idols, starlets who gained popularity through the Internet; idol voice actors, voice actors of anime and video games who also hold an idol singing career; and virtual idols, fictional starlets with real-time activities.
Compared to chidol, the term "junior idol" plays down the association with age and lends some credibility to the industry associating it with the legitimate mainstream idol culture in Japan.

Momoiro Clover Z

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During 2014, about 486,000 people attended AKB48 and Momoiro Clover Z's live concerts, which was the highest record of all female musicians in Japan.
Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ or Momoiro Kurōbā Zetto) is a Japanese idol group, commonly abbreviated as MCZ or Momoclo .

Gravure idol

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Subcategories of idols include gravure idols, female models in "cheesecake" photographs intended for the male audience; junior idols, gravure models under the age of 15 years; AV idols, female adult stars; net idols, starlets who gained popularity through the Internet; idol voice actors, voice actors of anime and video games who also hold an idol singing career; and virtual idols, fictional starlets with real-time activities.
Many popular female idols in Japan launched their careers by starting out as gravure idols.

Moe (slang)

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The idol fan culture idealizes the idea of "moe", where vulnerability is seen as an attractive trait.
The common feature in all feelings of moe is that the subject of such feelings is something that one cannot possibly have a real relationship with, like a fictional character, a pop idol, or an inorganic substance.

Otaku

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Male fans of idols who regularly participate in organized fan chants with accompanied movements are colloquially referred to as "wota", derived from the word "otaku."
These publications classify distinct groups including anime, manga, camera, automobile, idol and electronics otaku.

Wotagei

The fan chants and accompanied movements are known as wotagei.
Wotagei or otagei (ヲタ芸 or オタ芸) refers to a type of dancing and cheering gestures performed by wota, fans of Japanese idol singers (and thus seen as Akiba-kei), involving jumping, clapping, arm-waving and chanting slogans.