AKB48 producer wins Shin Watanabe Award

The 5th Shin Watanabe Award, given every year to recognize a producer’s contributions to the entertainment industry, was formally presented on Tuesday. This year’s honoree was lyricist/director/producer Yasushi Akimoto (53), who created the idol group AKB48.

AKB48 has become tremendously popular not only in Japan, but also overseas as well. Last year, the group held performances in Paris and New York.

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