Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda one of Vogue Japan's Women of the Year

Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda one of Vogue Japan's Women of the Year Atsuko Maeda IMAGE.NET

TOKYO —

Former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, 21, was named among Vogue Japan’s five Women of the Year this week. The awards are given to the “most outstanding female celebrities of the year.”

Maeda, who “graduated” from AKB48 in August, said she will miss not performing with the mega-popular group at NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Song Contest) on New Year’s eve. “I will cheer for them, watching with my family at home,” she said. As for her plans next year, she said: “I am at a turning point in my career. I would like to be an actress loved by many people.”

Other winners of the Vogue Japan Women of the Year are singer Saori Yuki, 64, model-singer Kyari Pamyu Pamyu, 19, actress Machiko Ono, 31, and actress Ayame Goriki, 20.

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  • 0

    daviddd1212

    Dang that is one cute girl...but ugly dress!

  • 11

    Shannon Clark

    Nice grip on the mic

  • 0

    DudeDeuce

    I nominate her for the best lip-syncer of the year too

  • 7

    smithinjapan

    Ah, Vogue Japan... so not the real Vogue.

  • 2

    Betraythetrust!

    So what has she done except watch AKB48 on telly with her family and hope to be an actress that people love?

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • 7

    Neo_Rio

    I wish I could be loved and respected for being cute, but instead I have to get a job.

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    She's cute. That's it.

  • 1

    AKBfan

    What did she win it for?

  • 0

    AKBfan

    Although I guess if you look at the next article about KK you relaise doesn't need to be for anything special.

  • 0

    Yubaru

    She has gotten better looking as he has gotten older, as with most women I do believe.

  • -4

    oikawa

    Actress, model, singer, model, actress... is that all women can aspire to be here?

  • 3

    tmarie

    At 21 what exactly has this "woman" done to deserve this title? With so many other hard working women out there who have done so much more, this is pathetic.

  • 5

    Kanade

    Is it the Japanese definition of beauitful? Maybe it's just me or the girl looks super generic?

  • 0

    Jesse Duenas

    fluff stuff again. vouge japan is actually a magazine?

  • -1

    techall

    Cute. Nothin' wrong with bein' cute. Let her have her fun.

  • 1

    Mirai Hayashi

    Another meaningless award for someone who deserves it

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    supercross1985

    I am happy Acchan will get to spend Christmas at home with friends and family.She seems to have always been on TV from the age of 14.

    With less than a month to go I hope everyone can have a great Christmas,even the grumpy cynics here.

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    Ranger_Miffy2

    Well, I like her dress a lot! However, from this photo, she looks like the normal, run of the mill cutie I see everyday here. (Nothing wrong with that, but Vogue-worthy?)

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    HonestDictator

    in a resounding annoying drawn out high pitched voice KAWAII~~~~~ Besides that I hope she' gets smart about being an actress and actually going to a decent acting school. Do they have any decent acting schools in Japan?

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    flygirl1221

    Looking forward to the day when Vogue Japan's Women of the Year will include scientists, politicians, academics, businesswomen, etc etc.

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    Mirai Hayashi

    Looking forward to the day when Vogue Japan's Women of the Year will include scientists, politicians, academics, businesswomen, etc etc.

    BWAHAHAHA...this is Japan. They'd never give out meaningful awards to women for their accomplishments. Its always nail queen, race queen, strawberry princess, etc

  • 0

    flygirl1221

    My point was that they should

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    Muhammad Fahmi

    i so really like maeda atsuko. she so cute and the power of AKB48

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