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  • Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika to temporarily suspend her activities

    April 20, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika has announced that she will not be participating in the group's new single, as well as activities accompanying the new release.This announcement was made by Ikuta herself on April 20th during a handshake event for Nogizaka46's 8th single "Kizuitara Kataomoi" at Pacifico Yokohama. She explained, "Until now, I have managed both Nogizaka46 and my high school life, but there are a lot of things I'm missing out on. If I go on

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 4/14~4/17

    April 19, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report that gives you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. Fuji TV's Monday drama 'Gokuaku Ganbo' starring Ono Machiko started with a relatively low rating of 13.6% for the time slot. The competition wasn't that strong this Monday either. 'White Lab' on TBS starring Kitamura Kazuki premiered at 8.3%. On Tuesday, Fuji TV aired the 1st episode of 'Bitter Bloo

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  • MUSIC STATION artist lineup for April 25th show

    April 19, 2014 @ 3:11 am

    The artist lineup for MUSIC STATION's April 25th broadcast has been revealed.Next week's show will feature performances by Kishidan, Sexy Zone, Rihwa, Nishino Kana, May J., and Morning Musume.'14. The full set list can be seen below.   ==="Kenka Joutou" - Kishidan"Lady Diamond / Sexy Zone / Real Sexy! / Bye Bye Du Bye ~See you again~ / King & Queen & Joker" - Sexy Zone"We Don't Stop" - Nishino Kana"Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~" - May J."Password i

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  • May'n to return to Los Angeles for special show at Musicians Institute

    April 19, 2014 @ 1:59 am

    J-Pop and anime singer May'n will return to L.A. for a special performance at the Musicians Institute (www.mi.edu) in Hollywood, CA, on July 17, 2014. The popular Japanese singer is famous worldwide for her music for numerous films, television series, and anime programs. The concert event is the first American stop in her 10th Anniversary "dots and lines" World Tour which began in February this year.May'n's live concert at the MI C

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  • Momoiro Clover Z' Sasaki Ayaka fractures her left ankle

    April 19, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    On April 18, Momoiro Clover Z member Sasaki Ayaka announced via their Ustream channel "momoclo TV" that she has fractured her left lateral malleolus after falling down during the shoot for TV program. On "momocloTV", she said, "I have something to tell you Mononofu (the fans) with my own words." She continued, "Today, I fell down during the shoot for Kansai TV's 'Mujack', and fractured my left foot. Though I went to the hospital right after

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  • 37-year-old housewife is the winner of 'Otona AKB48 Audition'

    April 19, 2014 @ 1:54 am

    On April 17, the announcement for the results of the "Otona AKB48 Audition" was made, and it was revealed that 37-year-old Tsukamoto Mariko had been chosen as the Otona AKB48 member. "Otona AKB48 Audition" was a part of Ezaki Glico's "Papico 2014 Spring Campaign", and the audition was held to find a limited-time member who was over 30 years old. Reportedly, a total of 5,066 people applied for the audition which included former Morning Musume mem

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  • Odagiri Joe & Kashii Yuu celebrate the birth of their 2nd child

    April 18, 2014 @ 5:00 am

    It's been reported that actor Odagiri Joe's (38) wife, actress Kashii Yuu (27), gave birth to their second child, a baby boy.   Kashii's agency announced that she hopes to return to work as soon as possible while adjusting her physical condition and child-rearing situation. The couple do not plan on revealing the birth date, time, location, and name of their new son. Odagiri and Kashii got married on their birthday, February 16 of

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  • Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku perform first-ever group-only live at the Nippon Budokan before 3 members leave

    April 18, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    On April 15, Momoiro Clover Z's "little sister" idol group Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku performed 27 songs at their first ever group-only Nippon Budokan live concert.This marked the group's final performance with members Mizuki (17), Anno Natsu (16), and Suzuki Hirono (16); the three are leaving the group or "transferring schools" to focus solely on acting.  Mizuki teared up as she said, "Ebi-chuu was my adolescence," while Suzuki declared decisively

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  • Kitagawa Keiko performs with Momoiro Clover Z

    April 17, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    On April 16th, Kitagawa Keiko and Momoiro Clover Z's special unit 'Kimoclo' performed at an event for 'Akumu-chan The Movie' (to be released May 3).   While 'Kimoclo' is a special unit for the NTV special drama 'Akumu-chan Special', they made a special appearance on this day. Kitagawa, whose image color is "black", wore the same uniform as the girls of Momoiro Clover Z. She introduced herself, "My role is wicked ♪ my costume

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  • Oshima Yuko makes surprise appearance at last day of Team K's stage performance

    April 17, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    On April 16th, Oshima Yuko made a surprise appearance at the last day of Team K's stage performance 'Saishuu Bell ga Naru' at AKB48 Theater. This marked her first time on the stage since March 20th.  On this day, the performance was held as a farewell ceremony to Chikano Rina, whose transfer to JKT48 was announced during the big team shuffle in February. Oshima appeared towards the end of the performance, and reflected upon her days as captain o

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