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  • SMAP's Nakai Masahiro volunteers at an emergency shelter

    April 9, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    SMAP member Nakai Masahiro appears to have secretly visited a shelter in Fukushima on April 7th, showing his compassion for the disaster victims. According to reports from Fuji Television, Nakai arrived at the shelter in a mask, hat, and sunglasses to hide his identity, but made sure to greet everyone by at least taking off his shades. Apparently, the star had the day off and was called in by friends to come help out. In addition to helpi

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  • Wakatsuki Chinatsu's clothing brand donates 37 million yen

    April 6, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    [caption id="attachment_141801" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Wakatsuki Chinatsu wearing the "WC" charity T-shirt"][/caption] Singer/talent Wakatsuki Chinatsu reported on April 4th that her clothing brand, "WC", would be donating a total of 37 million yen (~$440,000 USD) to disaster sites through the Japanese Red Cross Society. Wakatsuki founded and currently designs for "WC", which launched a charity T-shirt campaign o

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  • Akanishi Jin & BoA continue to fight/flirt on Twitter

    April 6, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Akanishi Jin only recently joined Twitter about a week ago, but he has already made his fame known, interacting with fellow celebrities Shirota Yu, Shirota Jun, BENI, Crystal Kay, and most notably, BoA. The latter has especially been involved in his tweets right from the beginning, as within a few hours of starting his account, they were already play fighting. Well apparently some people took that comment about BoA the wrong way, an

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  • MONKEY MAJIK's Blaise Plant writes song for earthquake victims + surprise announcement?

    April 5, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    MONKEY MAJIK member Blaise Plant uploaded a special song on YouTube, expressing his support for Japan and his faith in the country to rebound. "Until now, I never experienced such a tragedy in my life. But I also never experienced such a beauty in humanity," the singer wrote in the description of the video. "Being at the heart of the disaster, losing my home, and being invited into a new one has been a (life-changing) experience... This so

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  • The giant neon 'Glico man' is back on in Osaka!

    April 5, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    Ever since the Great Tohoku Earthquake struck Japan on March 11th, Osaka's iconic neon Ezaki Glico man was forced to turn its lights out. Three weeks later on April 4th, Osaka finally flipped the switch and allowed the sign to brightly shine once more. Placed by its side, the city added a banner stating, "We want to send everyone smiles”. In consideration of the earthquake's victims and afflicted area, the company had turned off the Gl

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  • X JAPAN's YOSHIKI and Marilyn Manson to work together for Earthquake and Tsunami relief

    April 4, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    Marilyn Manson appeared at the opening party for Vivienne Westwood's Melrose Avenue shop where he revealed that he will be working with X Japan founder Yoshiki on a forthcoming project to benefit the earthquake / tsunami relief in Japan. "He's a good friend of mine," said Manson while talking about the famed drummer during a Q&A session on the red carpet. After this, Marilyn stated, "I am also working with him on helping out with the ben

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  • Kiroro's Kinjo Ayano gives birth to 3rd child

    April 4, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    [caption id="attachment_141252" align="aligncenter" width="492" caption="Kiroro's Kinjo Ayano (right) gives birth for the third time"][/caption] It's been revealed that piano vocal duo Kiroro's Kinjo Ayano (33) has given birth to her third child! Kinjo commented, "This time, on March 29th, I was able to give birth to a healthy boy, my third child. With the birth of a small life, once again, I am reminded of how precious life is." Aft

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  • The official colors of Morning Musume's 9th generation revealed

    April 4, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Many fans have been eager to see what Morning Musume’s 9th generation’s official colors will be. The answer has finally been revealed through the merchandise section of their Spring tour "Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Spring New Genesis Fantasy DX ~Welcome the 9th Generation Members~" <Fukumura Mizuki> <Ikuta Erina> <Sayashi Riho> <Suzuki Kanon> Source: Official Tour Goods

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  • Ex-Morning Musume member Konno Asami & Ikuta Toma's younger brother become TV announcers

    April 3, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    [caption id="attachment_96640" align="aligncenter" width="299" caption="Konno Asami"][/caption] On April 1st, TV stations all over Japan held an initiation ceremony for their new employees. TV Tokyo welcomed former Morning Musume member Konno Asami (23) as a rookie announcer. Konno entered Morning Musume in 2001 as a 5th generation member and graduated from the group in 2006. She made a return to Hello! Project in 2007, only to gradua

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  • Hello! Project sets up relief fund for March 11th earthquake

    April 3, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    [caption id="attachment_140985" align="aligncenter" width="362" caption="Hello! Project artists include (from top left, clockwise) Morning Musume, S/mileage, Berryz Koubou, and ℃-ute"][/caption] Hello! Project and their agency, Upfront Agency, has set up a donation account through the Japanese Red Cross Society, for fans who wish to support the relief efforts of the March 11th earthquake. Donation boxes will be set up in all Hello!Project conc

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