AKB48 Mayu Watanabe and producer Akimoto accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

First Ayumi Hamasaki, now AKB48’s Mayu Watanabe and producer Yasushi Akimoto have accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

They were challenged to participate in this viral campaign on the last day of their 3-day Tokyo Dome concert. Rino Sashihara and Minami Takahashi dumped the bucket of ice on their producer Akimoto’s head, while Mayu dumped the bucket on her own head like the Independent Woman she is.

Akimoto nominated Fuji TV president Chihiro Kameyama, Toyota President Akio Toyoda, comic Tsurube Shofukutei, and New York-based Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju.

Check out the video of both below.

You’re probably tired of these ALS videos, but the center of one of Japan’s top idol groups is no doubt going to bring attention to an incurable disease and contribute to its continued research.

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