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  • AKB48 members join in on Sashihara's solo live event for "FNS 27 hour TV"

    July 23, 2012 @ 12:54 am

    This year’s "FNS 27-Hour TV" aired from July 21st 6:30pm to July 22nd 8:54pm (JST). Veteran host Tamori hosted the program and presented an exciting live TV marathon alongside the regulars of TV show "Waratte Iitomo!" HKT48’s Sashihara Rino is a regular on "Waratte Iitomo!" and was originally slated to perform onstage with fellow members of AKB48 before her sudden transfer to HKT48 in June. Due to the transfer, the performance was modified

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  • Producer of AKB48 establishes study abroad program

    July 22, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    On July 21st, Akimoto Yasushi announced on his Google+ profile that, as a result of a meeting with the AKB48 overseas team, a study abroad program has been set up for AKB48 and related groups. In the same post, he made a call for interested members to apply for the program. Members in Japan could study abroad as a member of overseas sister groups of AKB48, such as JKT48 in Indonesia, SNH48 in Shanghai and TPE48 in Taiwan. The period of stu

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  • Voice actress Watanabe Kumiko gets married to voice actor Tsujitani Koji

    July 22, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    On July 20th, voice actress Watanabe Kumiko announced through her official blog that she had gotten married to voice actor Tsujitani Koji. After ten days of being absent from her blog, Watanabe reported, "I'm sorry I haven't updated in awhile! As a matter of fact... during that time... I got married!!!! My partner is voice actor Tsujitani Koji." She expressed "For the first time in my life, I've been told 'congratulations' by many peopl

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  • Voice actress Kanda Akemi announces her marriage to a non-celebrity

    July 22, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    On July 20th, voice actress Kanda Akemi announced her marriage to a non-celebrity through her official Twitter account. She wrote, "As I write this to give my announcement, I'm once again reminded that I've become a wife." "There are a lot of things that perplex me as I start my new life , but I am grateful to have met a person who I want to be with all the time. I hope to build a happy family," Kanda expressed, continuing with, "I will cont

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  • Mano Erina to graduate from Hello! Project

    July 21, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    On July 21st, during Hello! Project's 15th anniversary live at Orix Theatre, soloist Mano Erina announced that she will be graduating from Hello! Project early next year. In front of 2,400 fans, she reported, "It's been decided that I will be graduating from Hello! Project after the Hello! Project concert on New Year's of 2013, and my solo concert on February 23rd at Nakano Sun Plaza." Mano also left a comment on Hello! Project's offici

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  • Talent Anzai Hiroko reveals her past battle with anorexia on official blog

    July 21, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Talent Anzai Hiroko revealed on her official blog that in the past, she battled anorexia. Her weight previously dropped to as low as 37 kg (about 82 lbs). In 2010, Anzai touched upon the subject in her book “Bardot no Kokuhaku”, and has reflected on the issue with statements like, “I have to be slim.  That’s how it began,” and “In the end, I even weighed 37kg…” Anzai was immensely popular in the 1990s as an actress and singer. She stopped

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  • Jinnai Tomonori and model girlfriend Saegusa Kokoro split after 1.5 years of dating

    July 20, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    It was reported today that talent Jinnai Tomonori (38) and model Saegusa Kokoro (25) broke up earlier this month. Jinnai and Saegusa started dating in February of this year, and their relationship was made public in August. In a previous press conference, Jinnai was positive about the relationship, “She is an important person in my life. I hope both of us can be positive about each other.” After just 1.5 years of dating, Jinnai and Saegusa

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  • BiS is holding an audition for a new member

    July 20, 2012 @ 3:00 am

    On July 18th, the unorthodox idol group BiS (Brand-new idol Society) finally released their major debut single "PPCC". Although things seem to be going smoothly for the group, their manager Watanabe Junnosuke updated their official website with a pop-up announcing that they will be adding to the group with another member. Watanabe explained that he feels like that the group is still lacking in numbers and therefore they will be holding an

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  • Sawajiri Erika seen with guy in tow, is there a new man in Sawajiri's life?

    July 19, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    On July 14th, actress Sawajiri Erika (26) appeared at the stage greeting for her film "Helter Skelter" with her hair cut short and dyed blonde.  Tabloid magazine Josei Seven reported spotting Sawajiri leaving her apartment in the evening of the next day, wearing huge sunglasses that hid her face. A good-looking man who also had his hair dyed blonde was walking beside her in close proximity, but the two did not talk to each other. The two t

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  • What are the most popular face types for cosmetic surgeries?

    July 19, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    The director of the popular beauty clinic "Takasu Clinic", Takasu Mikiya recently revealed a ranking of the most popular female and male face types when it comes to facial surgery requested by their customers. AKB48's Itano Tomomi was able to top the female ranking with her face. Takasu probably wasn't all that surprised about this result, since he himself experienced an increasing number of women who want to look like the idol, especially

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