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The captivating 'girl next door'

Team Syachihoko performs at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, on May 10.

TOKYO -- When Japanese female idol group Team Syachihoko releases an album, fans have three options. If you buy one CD, you get to take a photo with the six-member group. If you buy two CDs, you get to take a "couple shot" with one member of the group, chosen at random. If you buy a whopping three, you get to choose the girl you want to take the couple shot with. Many fans buy 19 CDs to get the full package, a group shot plus one-on-one shots with all six members.

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