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Japanese women find freedom in danso

Fudanjuku performs at the launch of their CD.

TOKYO -- Wearing the latest get up and sporting trendy hairdos, a group performing on stage looks just like another boy band -- but no, they are women dressed as young men. And they are popular, with many adoring female fans. The group are part of a growing trend known in Japan as danso, meaning women dressed as men.

     "Let me say it straight -- I love you!" Female fans scream in response to sugarcoated messages sent from the stage by danso idol group Fudanjuku. Fans packed a small show in Tower Records in Tokyo's Shibuya district in late March. The event, a CD launch promotion for the group.

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