Kamen Joshi sets idol industry record with 3 million Facebook followers



Japanese underground idols Kamen Joshi achieved a social media milestone this week by surpassing 3 million Facebook followers. The masked idols from Akihabara currently hold the highest count of Facebook followers among all Japanese idol groups, and hitting the 3 million mark places them among the most popular of all Japanese entertainers.

Kamen Joshi, who perform over 1000 live shows yearly, have contributed the opening theme for the anime Cheating Craft and were recently named official ambassadors for Akihabara Tourism. Last month they announced a new trainee unit SURIJIE, and their fourth official unit Easter Girls will make their performance debut on December 3 in Osaka.

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Kamen Joshi “Follow Me” intro video

Featured Kamen Joshi performer Erina Kamiya also contributed to the group’s popularity by setting YouTube records last month with her video channel debut and walking the red carpet for her starring role in Umi ni nose ta Gazu no yume (“Gaz’s Dreams on the Sea”) at the 4th New Movie Director’s Film Festival.

Anna Tachibana (Kamen Joshi center) responded to the news: “Facebook is worldwide, and now we’ve reached 3 million followers! We did it! Thank you all so much, I’m very honored! I’m surprised, too, but mostly I’m full of happy feelings — I’m happy that people from not only Japan but from outside of Japan are supporting us and I know because of that, the possibility of Kamen Joshi performing overseas has become even greater. We’ll keep updating our activities and sharing our hard work with all of you, and we’re so grateful for your messages of support. Keep watching us! We’re going to surprise you!”

Nodoka Sakura (Kamen Joshi leader) added: “I’m so happy to know we’ve achieved 3 million likes! Thank you to everyone who reads our posts and supports us. Kamen Joshi has performed abroad in Asia, but we want to reach even more countries and do live performances in every part of the world. Please wait for us, we’ll come to see you soon!”

Kamen Joshi “Genkidane” Music Video (#1 on Oricon Chart)