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  • Results of the 2012 February 'TV Celebrity Image Survey' revealed

    March 29, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Earlier this week, Video Research Ltd. released the results of their influential 'TV Celebrity Image Survey', which is conducted twice a year (February & August). Aside from researching the official TV audience ratings, Video Research Ltd. often conducts image and popularity surveys related to various topics concerning people, products, and characters appearing on TV and radio. One of those surveys is the well-known 'TV Celebrity Image Surve

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  • Maeda Atsuko returns to Japan, still no news on her graduation date

    March 29, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    [caption id="attachment_229631" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="L to R: Nakagawa Haruka, Maeda Atsuko, Masuda Yuka"][/caption] On March 28th, AKB48 returned home from Hong Kong via Haneda Airport. At around 8pm, Maeda Atsuko (20) was spotted in dark blue overalls flanked by fellow members Masuda Yuka (20) and Nakagawa Haruka (20), and it seems like they were protecting Maeda. The girls appeared surprised at the 30 or so members in

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  • Otake Kazuki & Nakamura Hitomi become parents

    March 28, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    It's been reported that comedian Otake Kazuki (Summers) and announcer Nakamura Hitomi have welcomed their first child! This was reported by Otake himself on the March 27th episode of the variety program, 'Waratte Iitomo!'. According to the announcement, Nakamura gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing at 2,580 grams (5lb 11oz). To kick off the show, Summers' Mimura Masakazu said, "We have a small announcement to make," and Otake proud

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  • Fujimoto Miki gives birth to a baby boy

    March 27, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Former Morning Musume member Fujimoto Miki and comedian Shoji Tomoharu became proud parents on March 27th. Fujimoto has given birth to a healthy baby boy (3,065g or around 7 pounds) at 7:03 a.m. on March 27th and husband Shoji was there to witness the birth. Shoji was in attendance at the "Okinawa International Film Festival" in Okinawa on March 26th, and he immediately went back to Tokyo to witness the birth of his baby. He stated, "In th

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  • Oguri Shun promises to be a "devoted husband"

    March 27, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    On March 26th, actor Oguri Shun flew into Haneda Airport after filming for his movie 'Yang Guifei' in China. As it was his first appearance since getting married to Yamada Yu on March 14th, reporters were anxious to get a few words from the actor himself. Oguri appeared in a white v-neck shirt, sunglasses, and a jacket. Reporters approached him saying "Congratulations", and he simply replied, "Yes, thank you very much." Although Ogur

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  • Korean band F.T. Island releases full PV for "Neverland"

    March 26, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    via allkpop: As reported previously, F.T. Island is gearing up for the release of their upcoming Japanese single, 'Neverland'. Although we have quite some time left before the release on April 18th, the group has just revealed the full PV for the song! The music video shows the members rocking out in space, heightening anticipation about the new concept as well as the upcoming performance stages. Even though the song has not been

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  • Ito Yuko gives birth to her first child

    March 26, 2012 @ 3:26 am

    It's been reported that actress Ito Yuko (37) has given birth to her first child! According to the announcement, Ito gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing at 2580 grams (5lbs 11oz) on March 25th. The following day, Ito reported through her official blog, "I will never forget the touch and sensation I felt when I first held our long-awaited child. I'm really full of happiness." The actress also commented on her first experience as a

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  • Maeda Atsuko announces her graduation from AKB48

    March 25, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    On March 25th, Maeda Atsuko has announced  that she will be graduating from AKB48.  This announcement was made during the encore on the final day of AKB48's concert at Saitama Super Arena, "Gyoumurenraku.  Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho! in Saitama Super Arena." Maeda stated while crying, "I took the audition to enter AKB48 when I was 14 years old, which was a big decision in my life.  Now, please let me make my second big decision.  I am gradua

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  • Akimoto Yasushi decides to create AKB48's Team 8

    March 25, 2012 @ 1:26 am

    On March 24th, AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi announced through Google+ that he will soon be creating 'Team 8'. Following 'Team A', 'Team K', 'Team B', and 'Team 4', 'Team 8' will be the 5th team from AKB48. During the 2nd night of AKB48's Saitama Super Arena concert, there was a surprise announcement that 5 Research Students have been promoted to Team 4. With this promotion, Team 4 now has a total of 16 members, but there are still many

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  • SHEILA gives birth to her first child

    March 24, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    On March 24th, talento SHEILA (39) announced through her agency that she has given birth to her first child. According to the announcement, SHEILA gave birth to a baby girl on the 23rd at 1:00 pm at a hospital in Tokyo. Her newborn daughter weighed 2,850 grams (6lb 4oz) and is in healthy condition. On the same day, SHEILA shared on her official blog, "I was able to have an easy delivery in just 4 hours." She also revealed that there wer

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