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4:26 pm - 02/17/2012

You have to suit your schedule to AKB48's unless you're SMAP or Arashi

Now that Takamina’s mom scandal seems to have lost steam, mainly due to the fact that it was not widely reported by the main media sources. People have started to wonder just how much influence Akimoto Yasushi has over the industry.

According to a source connected to the commercial industry, “AKB48’s popularity is amazing right now. When it comes to AKB, they can even take part in CMs from competing companies. For example, Oshima Yuko can be the spokesperson for company A, but she can also participate in the CM for company B as part of AKB. Take Kimutaku for example, once SMAP got the deal to appear in CMs for SoftBank, he was let go from his Fujitsu CM deal. This is how great AKB’s influence is right now.”

But instead of saying it’s AKB’s power of influence, it might be better to consider it as Akimoto Yasushi’s influence. He even has the power to influence other management agencies.

A source working with management agency said, “Right now, Watanabe Mayu is filming for her drama, even though her schedule is already super packed, her activities in AKB take priority. Her agency, Ogi Production, a super well-known management agency within Japan, has not once complained. At the same time, Maeda Atsuko is co-starring with Yamashita Tomohisa in a drama right now. When filming for a music show conflicted with filming for the drama, Yamapi, the lead, actually was forced to wait for Acchan. Akimoto even said that the only people he’d actually check schedules with are SMAP and Arashi. So basically, people have to go with his schedule, always. That’s how much power he has right now.”

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cherylena 18th-Feb-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
I really want Aki-P to GTFO. Not AKB or any other 48, but just Aki-P.

BTW, this article has an unreliable source so don't take it too seriously. (not like there's anything to be taken seriously about in the article)
leicee 18th-Feb-2012 02:53 am (UTC)
i'm disappointed. why would these angels actually have to give way to dicks? even during smap's heydays, i doubt they sold more than 7 million records in a year.

fine, i'll patiently wait for the time when everyone will have to suit their own schedules for akb. won't be long now, i reckon.
noonew 18th-Feb-2012 04:31 am (UTC)
I think they have to give ways to SMAP and Arashi not because of the gender but because they arer busier than AKB. Also, the schedule AkiP talked about is mainly TV schedule and both groups are bigger TV stars than AKB. TV stations will be willing to accommodate SMAP and Arashi's schedules more than AKB. When both groups' shows are in the teens and even surpassed 20% but AKB's shows barely make it to double digits.

SMAP never sell more than 7 million copies in a year but their TV ratings trump any other group even now. That's the reason why Aki-P has to adjust to their schedule, TV is the main force of Japanese Entertainment.
rosemaine 18th-Feb-2012 09:06 am (UTC)
I'm glad I read your comment :)
epinette 22nd-Feb-2012 05:41 am (UTC)
sakatamarie 18th-Feb-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Sounded so snobby. I'd hate to work with someone like that =_= I mean, you are famous and etc. but that doesn't mean you can just say 'groupzx isn't famous as groupxy so I don't care about their schedule'. It's quite anti-ethic in my opinion.
Maeda Atsuko is a bad actress tbh. Watched HanaKimi and Ryomaden and was..."wtf is she doing in a NHK taiga acting like that?"
No troll intended. I think she's one of the most charismatic girl in the group.
But as an actress. ugh.
antifools 18th-Feb-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Acchan haters gonna hate. Well, a whole lot of other people would disagree with you. Also, the wait is because of the load Acchan has. It's not her fault for having too many engagements in a day. The girl barely gets a break.

And you already believed a "I heard he said that article"? Gee, some people really are so gullible.
coika 18th-Feb-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
No one is blaming Maeda here, but if you want to stay in lalaland and make this about Maeda lol OK then.
stbluemoon 18th-Feb-2012 06:25 am (UTC)
What I care mostly about this article is: Iijima Michi > Akimoto Yasushi. You go gurl.

Though on a more serious note, I hope he doesn't do that holding up other artistes thing too often. After all, it's the girls who have to apologise to everyone when they turn up late for filming.
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the_lilone 19th-Feb-2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
I hope so
lovestormbaby 23rd-Feb-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Poor Yamapi....
khaulabear 24th-Feb-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
i don't think AKB48 will last long after the 1st generation graduated..>.<
ARASHI And SMAP alrdy in this industry for 10 years and still famous and have super packed schedule
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