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  • Ikuta Toma & Nikaido Fumi play 'Mario' & 'Peach' in new Suntory CM

    April 12, 2017 @ 10:06 am

    Ikuta Toma, Nikaido Fumi, Ikematsu Sosuke, and Terada Kokoro star in the new CM for Suntory's 'DEKAVITA C'. In the new CM, titled "Mario Sports", the actors appear as characters from popular game 'Super Mario Bros'. Ikuta is 'Mario', Ikematsu is 'Luigi', Nikaido is 'Princess Peach', and Terada is 'Toad'. As the young girl in the CM plays the game, we can see the characters amuse themselves with various sports including golf, tennis, and socc

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 04/03 ~ 04/09

    April 12, 2017 @ 10:05 am

    Oricon has released its weekly ranking for April 3 to 9. Check it out below!  [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Fukyou Waon" - Keyakizaka46 : 04/05 (632,667)2. "HAPPY PARTY TRAIN" - Aqours : 04/05 (54,517)3. "Deai Aishite" - MYNAME : 04/05 (28,422)4. "Hug tte Iijan" - HKT48 : 02/15 (19,329)5. "Influencer" - Nogizaka46 : 03/22 (18,190)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "LOVE, PEACE & FIRE" - Superfly : 04/04 (46,

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  • Figure skater Asada Mao announces retirement

    April 11, 2017 @ 9:03 am

    Three-time world figure skating champion Asada Mao (26) announced on April 10 that she is retiring. Asada, who is known for her triple axels, started skating when she was just 5 years old. After coming in 6th place at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014, she took a year off then resumed her skating career. However, she struggled with her left knee injury, placing 12th at the Japanese Championships last December. In her blog, she wrote,

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  • Sasaki Nozomi & Watabe Ken to marry

    April 11, 2017 @ 8:58 am

    On April 9, comedian Watabe Ken announced on NTV's variety program 'Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo' that he and actress Sasaki Nozomi are engaged. Sasaki also confirmed this by participating in the program via a telephone call. Later that day, Sasaki uploaded a photo of herself and her fiancé onto Instagram. She reported, "I will be marrying Watabe Ken-san. When I'm with him, I am able to laugh from the bottom of my heart, and I am

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  • Tanabe Miku to graduate from AKB48

    April 10, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

    AKB48 member Tanabe Miku has announced her graduation from the group.This announcement was made on April 8 during the 3rd generation's 10th anniversary show at AKB48 Theater. She commented, "Since about a year ago, I've been doing my best to make this announcement on the day of this 10th anniversary while being surrounded by my beloved members. Among the other members of this magnificent generation, I didn't stand out very much during these 10 ye

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 03/27 ~ 04/02

    April 5, 2017 @ 9:19 am

    Check out Oricon's weekly ranking for March 27 to April 2 below. [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "ROCK THA TOWN" - Sexy Zone : 03/29 (119,587)2. "To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises" - C-ute : 03/29 (66,470)3. "Yume Hitotsu" - Token Danshi team Shinsen Gumi with Hachisuka Kotetsu : 03/29 (50,687)4. "Influencer" - Nogizaka46 : 03/22 (48,715)5. "Bye Bye" - Apink : 03/29 (23,220)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album W

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  • HKT48's Okamoto Naoko to graduate

    April 4, 2017 @ 8:54 am

    HKT48 Team H member Okamoto Naoko will graduate from the group.This announcement was made on April 2 during Team H's performance at HKT48 Theater. Afterwards, Okamoto updated her Google+ account explaining her reason for graduating, "I decided to take a step outside of HKT48 and pursue the path of acting." She then called out to her fellow members and fans, "I don't have any regrets as an idol. I was able to make it this far because of

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  • Nogizaka46 member Nakamoto Himeka to resume her activities

    April 4, 2017 @ 8:50 am

    Nogizaka46 member Nakamoto Himeka will be resuming her activities.  Nakamoto halted her activities in January due to her poor health condition. On her blog, she wrote, "I thought about many things these past few months, and I wanted to come back and do my best. It was a really big thing that I was able to come up with this answer myself." On her upcoming activities, she commented, "I'm sure there will be some confusion as there wi

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  • URBANGARDE releases twisted Christmas live album Tenshi de Akuma

    April 4, 2017 @ 8:49 am

    URBANGARDE will release their first live album Urbangarde 2016 Xmas Special Hall Live Tenshi De Akuma ("Angel and Devil") on April 12, 2017. The regular CD version will contain the complete concert audio and a live performance DVD, while a limited-press lower-price version will showcase selected concert tracks.URBANGARDE's one-man holiday concert, recorded at Shibuya Ward Culture Center on December 17, 2016, was divided into "

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  • Anne & Higashide Masahiro are expecting their third child

    April 4, 2017 @ 8:45 am

    Actress Anne (30) and actor Higashide Masahiro (29) are expecting their third child. On March 29, Anne appeared at the 1-year anniversary event for 'METoA Ginza', wearing a loose dress to hide her small belly. Her agency confirmed her pregnancy, but they did not reveal how far along she is. Anne and Higashide tied the knot on January 1, 2015. They welcomed twin girls last May.Congratulations!Source: Oricon via Excite news

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