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  • Up-Front Agency artists write messages to earthquake victims

    March 27, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    Up-Front Agency has just created a page with inspiring messages from those under their management. Check out the messages from some of UFA's female talents, idols, and groups below! - Abe Natsumi Our hearts are coming together. We're joining forces. Please, don't let your hearts give in... Words enough aren't enough to express this, but We'll always be by your side. (There are people)praying everywhere for you, Doing what we can

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  • Kuriyama Chiaki's secret to shining is having an "adventurous spirit"

    March 27, 2011 @ 2:59 am

    Kuriyama Chiaki has come a long way since her acting days in Quentin Tarintino's "Kill Bill, Volume 1" and Japanese film, "Battle Royale". The actress turned singer released three singles, in which all were produced by some of Japan's most famous producers/musicians, plus her very first album, "CIRCUS" on March 16th. But, just what does this model, actress and now singer like to do on her free days? Kuriyama says she likes to relax and dri

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  • GACKT's "SHOW YOUR HEART" to hold 4-day street collection campaign worldwide

    March 26, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Remember when GACKT was asking his international fans to help with a mysterious relief project on Twitter? Details have now been revealed, and it turns out the artist is organizing a four-day worldwide street collection effort with his charity project, "SHOW YOUR HEART"! GACKT revealed through his official website, "DEARS", that 5,000 people will be out on the streets collecting donations for disaster relief from March 31st to April 3rd, i

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  • RIAJ contributes 3 million yen to relief effort

    March 25, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    On March 24, The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced their donation of 3 million yen (~$37,000) to the relief efforts. The association has long been active in philanthropy, holding a charity event in 1995 to benefit the victims of the Kobe earthquake, and in 2008 donating 1 million dollars to the victims of the earthquake in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. Regarding the current disaster, they commented, "We know that in

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  • Fuji TV donates more than 12 million USD to the Japanese Red Cross

    March 25, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    [caption id="attachment_138573" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="FNS President - Toyoda Kou (left)"][/caption] Today, the president of the Fuji Network System (FNS), Toyoda Kou, handed over the money the network was able to gather through their "Fuji Network Foundation" to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The network that consists of Fuji TV and 27 other companies established the foundation on March 13th, and since then they have bee

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  • Which songs have earthquake victims requested the most on FM Sendai?

    March 24, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    It's been 12 days since the occurrence of the Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake and as the days goes by, the song requests have sharply increased on FM Sendai.  40 % of the requests are for songs from Johnny & Associates' artists, and the most wanted artist is Arashi.  According to FM Sendai, Arashi's "Kitto Daijoubu" and "Believe" receive the most amount of the requests. When the earthquake occurred, FM Sendai only aired information about

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  • SMAP's appearance fee from special to go to disaster relief

    March 24, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    On March 21st, SMAP sent out encouraging messages to the disaster victims on Fuji TV's "SMAPxSMAP". The show air from the Odaiba studio live, with the theme "What can we do right now?" The five members conveyed their listeners voices, as well as communicating their thoughts and cheering for the disaster victims. It is said that their entire appearance fee for this day will be donated to relief efforts. Although the exact amount hasn't been

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  • Otsuka Ai gives birth to baby girl!

    March 24, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    It has just been revealed by Otsuka Ai's agency that the singer / songwriter has given birth to a baby girl! Ai married RIP SLYME's SU last June and her pregnancy was announced back in September. Just a month ago, she was on the radio giving advice to fellow expectant mothers. Ai's first child has arrived earlier than expected, as it was previously reported that the due date was for April of this year. We'll keep you updated if more

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  • Inoue Takehiko's smile drawings to be charity T-shirts

    March 24, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    Previously, tokyohive reported that "SLAM DUNK" author, Inoue Takehiko published a series of tweets of smile drawings on his Twitter to encourage the disaster victims Now, it's been revealed that the smile drawings will be released as charity T-shirts.   It's a collaboration with popular apparel brand BEAMS, and the T-shirts will be on sale at BEAMS stores all over Japan along with their online-shop starting on March 29th (for the online-shop,

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  • Cocco to donate all proceeds of "Inspired movies"

    March 24, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    J-rock singer Cocco has just announced that she will be donating all the proceeds of her upcoming release, "Inspired movies", towards aid efforts for the victims of the Tohoku earthquake. "Inspired movies" is an anthology of short films which feature Cocco as the lead actress; they were created to promote her most recent album, "EMERALD". The films are a collaboration between the singer and six different filmmakers, including UGICHIN, Tsukamot

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