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Japan’s ‘idols’: Young female singers, devoted fans and big money

In Japanese pop culture, “idols” are sexy-looking female starlets, who are getting younger and younger. This lucrative industry relies on the devotion of fans, who are often old enough to be the girls’ fathers and are willing to fork out large sums of money for photos, merchandise and strictly timed post-concert meet and greets. Our correspondents in Tokyo investigate.

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