Screams, tears as Japan fans choose pop group leader

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Japanese idol group AKB48 performs during the MTV Video Music Aid Japan in ChibaTOKYO (Reuters) – Cheers, tears and screams marked the crowning of a new leader of Japanese girl pop group AKB48, who was chosen by fans in a nationwide "election" that dominated the media for weeks. In a three-hour show broadcast live from Tokyo's hallowed Budokan, 23-year-old Yuko Oshima was selected as leader and face of the group, which has been recognized by Guinness as the world's biggest girl pop group. "The 48 group has high aspirations, and because of that we can go far," said the teary Oshima, after the results were announced late on Wednesday. …

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