Signalling his intent to perhaps start up a new idol war, H!P’s producer Tsunku is opening up an idol training cafe right at the heart of AKB48’s territory – Akihabara! The new cafe which will be called AKIHABARA Backstage Pass will be opening it’s doors to the public next month and will be located only 3 mins from the AKB48 Theater.
All the employees of this new cafe will be girls who have dreams to become idols and singers. Tsunku believes that by interacting with customers, they’ll quickly mature and become fully fledged idols. Once that happens, they’ll be ready to make their debut. Sorry Tsunku, it sounds too much like AKB48’s motto ‘idols you can meet’ but this is more ‘pre idols you can meet who work at a cafe’!
Reading between the lines, it says that idols and singers who have already debuted will pop their heads into the cafe as well so expect to see Morning Musume, Berryz et al coming in. The cafe expects to have it’s grand opening at the end of November.
Should Aki-P be worried about this development? I don’t think so. It’s a nice idea though by Tsunku. He’s been on the back foot for many years now with AKB48 taking over from Morning Musume as the premier idol group in Japan and what better way to make heads turn than by opening something on AKB48’s home turf.