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Offline hismaimai8888

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How much do the MM girls make? ?? 2018
« on: November 14, 2018, 04:49:00 PM »
I just got around to watching Haromoni and I saw the one where they tricked the girls into thinking they won 4 million dollars and they were so shocked and happy (ep 72?). If they're this impressed by just 4 million i wonder how much they actually make. Anyone have any idea?
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Re: How much do the MM girls make? ?? 2018
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2018, 04:58:19 AM »
My ball park answer is about 80,000 yen per month. It really depends on many of the factors yet I feel about this would make sense. :nervous
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Re: How much do the MM girls make? ?? 2018
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 12:36:35 AM »
I have no idea if this is relevant or not, but in Lupin vs Pat Ranger Kudo Haruka's character (Umika) goes to an auction and one of the other Lupin Rangers (Noel) bids over 1 million dollars on an object.  Umika is so unequipped to deal with amounts of money that large that she swoons.  The show does a lot of winks and nods towards Kudo's idol status, so this could have been played off of her honest reaction.

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Re: How much do the MM girls make? ?? 2018
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 01:43:52 AM »
From the HP Gossip thread:

Annual income; Haropuromenba


高橋新垣   3500万
亀井道重田中 3200万
光井JJLL  1800万
安倍なつみ 2200万
中澤裕子  1800万
飯田圭織  1500万
保田圭   1300万
矢口真里  3500万
吉澤ひとみ 2500万
石川梨華  2100万
藤本美貴  3000万
辻 希美  2800万
小川麻琴  1200万
紺野あさ美 550万
Berryz工房 2300万(グループ平均)
℃-ute   1900万(グループ平均)
松浦亜弥  3500万
里田まい  4000万
真野恵里菜 1500万
メロン記念日  700万 (グループ平均)
岡田唯    400万
三好絵里香  600万
前田有紀   750万
稲葉貴子   1000万(講師代込)

I remembered the part in the Kizuna Restaurant special where they showed how much the members earned circa 2002:

1. Abe - 2131/6432
2. Iida - 2084/6305
3. Kei - 1846/5662
4. Mari -1835/5632
5. Yuko -1645/5119
6. Tsuji -1442/4570
7. Rika - 1402/4462
8. Goto - 1260/4078
9. Kago - 1234/4008
10. Yossie   - 1166/3824

Usually with the similar charts I've seen for member earnings, they're educated guesses based on how much tax they paid.
That's probably why there's 2 columns there. First column is tax paid, second column is estimated gross earnings.

Also, they usually list figures in multiples of 10,000 yen, so Nacchi's 6,432 there is actually 64,320,000 yen.
Using a rough 2002 average figure of 125 yen to 1 USD conversion rate, that works out to $514,560
For comparison's sake, Yossy's 38,240,000 yen in 2002 is $305,920.

Just as an aside, I'm using USD and US salaries as points of comparison, because they're easier for me to think about.

The figure for current Morning Musume has Ai-chan and Gaki-san at the high end with 35,000,000 yen, and 8th gen at the bottom with their 18,000,000 yen.
In the last few years, the conversion rate has fluctuated around 83-90 yen per USD.
Using a rough value of 87 yen per USD, this works out to $206,896 on the low end up to $402,298.

While these numbers might seem a bit low in comparison to famous western music acts, you have to keep in mind that the Japanese music market doesn't have the same global reach.
Additionally, most of these girls are in groups so any profits that their act gets are split between them.
Hamasaki Ayumi, being a solo artist, obviously would get paid a bigger share of her profits.
Without comparing to western artists or top solo acts, I think $200k up to $400k a year is pretty damn good for girls in their teens and early 20s.

Sure the figures have dropped since the boom times of 2002, but that's to be expected, given the increased competition.
But I think it's good to keep it in perspective that these girls are getting paid what would be in the US, 6-figure salaries.
They work hard for the money, and I think it seems like a fair amount.
As long as they're still making good money, I don't see H!P dying out anytime soon.
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