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  • The Gospellers to sing the national anthem at 'Nabisco Cup'

    October 22, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    It's been revealed that vocal group The Gospellers will be singing the national anthem at the '2012 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup' finals, which will be held on November 3rd at Kokuritsu Kyougijou. The Gospellers previously sang the national anthem at friendly matches for the Japanese national football team, but this will be their first time singing at a J.League match. For the finals, Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashima Antlers will play agai

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  • Nogizaka46's Iwase Yumiko to graduate from the group

    October 20, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    It's been announced that Nogizaka46 member Iwase Yumiko will be graduating from the group. Through her official blog, Iwase explained, "I have a dream. That is to start my own band. Also, to make music that I love. These are my irreplaceable and precious dreams." She continued, "From now on, I want to do my best for my own dreams and for my music." To her fans, she wrote, "As Nogizaka46, I won't be able to do my best in front of everyon

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  • Yamada Takayuki and his wife are expecting their first child

    October 20, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    On October 19th, it was revealed that the wife of actor Yamada Takayuki is pregnant with their first child. Yamada and his non-celebrity wife married on New Year's Day this year. He updated his official website late at night on the 19th and wrote, "I'm sorry to trouble you with personal affairs, but our family has been awarded with a new life. My wife has entered her second trimester (stable period)." One tabloid once reported that Yama

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  • Koda Kumi to make a comeback after maternity leave

    October 19, 2012 @ 4:26 am

    On October 18, it was revealed that singer Koda Kumi (29) will end her “maternity leave” and restart her activities on October 23rd with the release of "ViVi" magazine, which she has graced the cover of. She commented, “I thought there was no better way and timing for me to enter the next phase in my life than together with 'ViVi', which supported me in the past.”  Even though she welcomed her first child, a son, with BACK-ON guitarist KEN

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  • NMB48's Matsuda Shiori to graduate from the group

    October 18, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    It's been reported that NMB48's Matsuda Shiori will be graduating from the group in order to focus on her studies. This was announced by Matsuda herself during Team N's concert on October 18th at NMB48 Theater in Osaka. Her graduation concert will be held on the 24th. Matsuda also posted a comment on the group's official blog explaining, "From shortly before, I wasn't able to have confidence in continuing my activities as NMB48. So I wa

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for September 2012

    October 17, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has recently released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of September. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,0

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  • 26 girls pass SNH48's first generation audition

    October 16, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    On October 15, AKB48's overseas sister group SNH48 (based in Shanghai, China) revealed that 26 girls have passed the first generation audition. The 16 girls were chosen out of about 38,000 applicants who participated in auditions across China. They will debut after going through training. The group has plans to hold their first performance at the end of the year or early next year. Aside from performances at SNH48 Theater, which is schedul

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  • Akimoto Manatsu to participate in Nogizaka46's handshake event for "Hashire! Bicycle"

    October 13, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    It's been revealed that Nogizaka46 member Akimoto Manatsu will be participating in the group's handshake event for "Hashire! Bicycle" on October 14th at Makuhari Messe. Earlier this month, it was reported that Akimoto will officially be starting her activities as the senbatsu member for the group's 4th single. Under normal circumstances, her participation in events would be related to this single. However, due to her strong wishes, it was

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  • FRIDAY reports that Tamaki Hiroshi is in a romantic relationship with a non-celebrity woman

    October 12, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    On October 11th, it was revealed that actor Tamaki Hiroshi (32) currently has a new non-celebrity lover.  This was reported and photographs of the couple were revealed in the October 12th issue of the weekly tabloid magazine “FRIDAY.” According to the magazine, the woman resembles actress Higa Manami (26) with her impressive beauty and large eyes.  Tamaki lives with his mother and younger sister in a luxurious house that has an estimated w

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  • MAX's REINA announces her 2nd pregnancy

    October 12, 2012 @ 4:37 am

    Female vocal group MAX member REINA has announced that she's pregnant with her second child! Through her official blog, she reported, "I've entered my 6th month. Including my son, who seems to be curious about my stomach growing bigger day by day, the whole family is looking forward to meeting the baby." She also wrote, "When my son was born last November, I refrained from making an announcement, and may have worried many people. But I'

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