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  • AKB48's Tano Yuka & NMB48's Umeda Ayaka cast as Dorothy in 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' musical

    October 25, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

    On October 21, it was revealed that AKB48's Tano Yuka (17) and NMB48's Umeda Ayaka (25) have both been cast in the lead role for the musical "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." This decision came after a final round of auditions amongst the AKB48 group members.  Former AKB48 member Masuda Yuka (23) previously won the lead for 2 consecutive years starting in 2012. Stage director Miyamoto Amon (56) spoke about the unprecedented casting of double l

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  • PASSPO☆ reveal details on their best-of album

    October 25, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

    The girls of PASSPO☆ have revealed the details on their best-of album that's slated for release on December 10.Titled "TRACKS", the album will commemorate the group's 5th anniversary since their formation. The album received the title "TRACKS" for 2 reasons. The first because it will be PASSPO☆'s last release with member Okunaka Makoto in the group. She will graduate from the group on January 1, 2015 at TOKYO DOME CITY HA

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  • Matsuda Seiko & Matsu Takako sing 'Akai Sweet Pea' together for a CM

    October 25, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    Singer Matsuda Seiko and actress Matsu Takako sing along to Matsuda's song "Akai Sweet Pea" together in a new CM for Total Aging Care Brand's 'Astalift'.  After shooting the CM, Matsuda expressed her joy of collaborating with Matsu, "I am so happy to sing 'Akai Sweet Pea' together with Matsu-san. I was able to sing it with a 'happy feeling'." Meanwhile, Matsu revealed, "I feel honored that my singing with Seiko-san will be used [in the CM], but

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 10/20~10/23

    October 25, 2014 @ 2:55 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. You can check out more of the most recent ratings from October 20th to October 23rd and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current fall dramas below! === 10/20 – Monday 14.3%(5.0%) – 19:00-19:32 – NHK News 7 07.8%(7.6%) – 19:32-19:58 – Close-Up Gendai 11.3%(0.7%) – 20:0

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  • Winners of 'Tokyo Drama Awards 2014' announced

    October 25, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    On October 23, the awards ceremony for the 'Tokyo Drama Awards 2014', which was the main event of the 'International Drama Festival in TOKYO 2014', was held in Tokyo. Actor Sakai Masato and actresses Ishihara Satomi and Mitsushima Hikari were among the many that attended the event. This year is 7th year that the 'Tokyo Drama Awards' was held in Japan. Every year, it recognizes superior TV dramas that have the potential to be accepted overseas wit

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  • Takahashi Ai goes to a 'love hotel' to film a scene for a drama

    October 25, 2014 @ 2:40 am

    On October 24, former Morning Musume member and talento Takahashi Ai revealed through her official blog that she went to a 'love hotel' to film a scene for a drama.In a blog entry titled "Ah, love hotel", Takahashi uploaded photos of herself lying down on a love hotel bed.  "Yesterday, I went to a love hotel for the first time to shoot for WOWOW-san's drama. Ha ha ha. It's a comedy, so the setting and storyline are crazy, but it's

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  • Yamamoto Mizuki to hold her first handshake event

    October 25, 2014 @ 2:12 am

    It's been revealed that popular model/actress Yamamoto Mizuki will be holding her very first handshake events.The events will be held to commemorate the release of her 2015 calendar. On October 23, Yamamoto updated her blog saying, "Wow I'm super nervous!!!! But this is the first place I will be able to directly meet the people who always support me, so I'm very happy."  The handshake events will be held on November 23 at Junkudo Bookstore Tenji

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  • Kimura Kaela to hold nationwide live house tour next year

    October 25, 2014 @ 2:12 am

    As the 5th part of her 10th anniversary project, Kimura Kaela will hold a nationwide live house tour. The upcoming tour will kick off on March 6 at Akasaka BLITZ for a total of 21 shows in 17 locations. Her complete tour schedule can be seen below. Additionally, Kimura will hold her one-man live 'KAELA presents GO!GO! KAELAND 2014~10years anniversary' this weekend at Yokohama Arena. A special Yokohama Arena edition of her latest single "TODAY IS

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 10/18~10/19

    October 25, 2014 @ 2:11 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – October 18th/19th 01 (02) Kinkyori Renai (Weeks: 02) 02 (01) Cape Nostalgia (Weeks: 02) 03 (00) Grace of Monaco (Weeks: 01) 04 (03) Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Weeks: 06) 05 (05) Eiga Happiness Charge Precure! (Weeks: 02) 06 (04) A Samurai Chronicle (Weeks: 03) 07 (00) Disconcerto (Weeks:

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 10/15~10/21

    October 24, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of October 15th to October 21st. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "C.O.S.M.O.S. ~Akizakura~" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 02 - "BRIGHTER DAY" - Amuro Namie 03 - "Suki" - Nishino Kana 04 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 05 - "Last Scene" - JUJU 06 - "Netsujou no Spectrum

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