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  • AKB48's "Janken senbatsu" tops Oricon weekly book chart!

    September 9, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    AKB48 will be releasing their 19th single in December, and which members will sing will be chosen by "Janken (rock-paper-scissors)". The "Janken selection tournament" will be held at Nippon Budokan on September 21st, and 16 lucky members will be able to cooperate in the new single, with the final champion getting to be the center member.   This time, all they need is a bit of luck, so even Oshima Yuko or Maeda Atsuko can be eliminated if t

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  • Avex to stop holding annual live event for shareholders

    September 9, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    Since 1999, Avex has held a general meeting for stockholders every year with a live-event show afterwards. However, they announced that they will stop providing the annual event starting next year. Avex explains that it has become difficult for them to find an adequate hosting location due to the growing number of attendees. In addition, individuals have tried to sell the voting forms required to attend the event illegally. While the  c

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  • Koike Eiko and Sakata Wataru sues Sports Hochi

    September 9, 2010 @ 5:05 am

    Actress Koike Eiko (29) and her husband Sakata Wataru (37) have filed a lawsuit alongside Koike’s management agency against the owners of the Sports Hochi newspaper. The newspaper is facing libel charges for an article published in December that tarnished the couple’s reputation. The article claimed that due to Sakata’s large debt, Koike was on the verge of filing a divorce. Sakata completely denied the rumor and continued managing his re

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  • Gekidan Hitori & Osawa Akane welcome a new member to their family!

    September 8, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    Gekidan Hitori (comedian) and Osawa Akane (talent) announced on the 8th that their first child was born. According to the announcement, it was a baby girl, and they named her "Senka (千花)". Health conditions of both Akane and the baby are great, and Akane will be coming back after a while off. Congratulations to the couple! Source: Oricon Style

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  • Salon Elvis Pays Tribute to "The King" in Fukuoka

    September 8, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    Elvis lives, most recently in southern Japan, where the owner of Salon Elvis, Shinichi Takeda, has gathered more than 1000 items related to Elvis Presley, including a prized stuffed animal that the King gave to Japanese music critic, Reiko Yukawa. Visitors can relax and enjoy Presley records while browsing the memorabilia.   The salon is situated in Fukuoka's Hataka Ward, and it will be open to the public every Monday through Saturday, noo

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  • 'Kara Vacation' ranks 1st on weekly Oricon BD chart

    September 8, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Via allkpop: Girl group Kara has recently found futher proof of their growing popularity in Japan. On the 8th, DSP Media revealed, "According to information released by Japan's Oricon DVD & BD ranking on September 13th, 'KARA VACATION' ranked first in the weekly idol image category, and 11th overall on the combined rankings. Kara achieved the highest results for idol image BD work." Check out the full story on allkpop!

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  • Brown Eyed Girls' classic "Abracadabra dance" shakes off the summer heat!

    September 8, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    Via allkpop: Brown Eyed Girls' "Abracadabra" dance swept over Korea, and soon people were dancing to it left and right. It got to the point where a Korean Olympics ice skater danced to it on the pedestal during the awards ceremony, and now the classic dance strikes Japan! On the 25th of last month, Brown Eyed Girls debuted in Japan with the album, "Sound-G". Now the girls are planning to hold a meeting event with IKKO, a makeup artist an

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  • JE Groups' Sales Round-Up

    September 7, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    [caption id="attachment_90368" align="aligncenter" width="336" caption="Veteran group SMAP takes the lead again!"][/caption] The resourceful posters at popular Japanese forum 2channel revealed their grand tally of total sales to date (as of Sept 6th) for every active Johnny's Entertainment group. Only album and music single sales in Japan were included in this tally. Total Album/Single Sales, by Group (as of 2010.9.6) 1.   SMAP:  32,286,

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  • Sato Kayo chases after Sawajiri Erika to Kitson

    September 7, 2010 @ 1:03 am

    Previously, we reported that Sawajiri Erika enjoyed shopping at Kitson Omotesando. Model Sato Kayo also showed up at Kitson after hearing that Erika would visit the store. Kayo says, "I have always loved her, so I came here in private, just to see her.  I love how she clearly says what she thinks."  According to Kayo, she worked  with Erika at the TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION'10 fashion show, which was held on the 4th. She also adds happily, "Er

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  • New attractions at Tokyo Haneda Airport!

    September 7, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    Tokyo’s Haneda airport is turning into an otaku’s mecca! On July 20th, Haneda airport completed constructing a new terminal which will include the so-called “Tokyo Pop Town” and an Edo-era themed area. Expect “Tokyo Pop Town” to have lots of eye candy, as the area is divided into two zones: a 'Cool zone' and a 'Hot zone'. The Cool zone will offer goods from NHK and Studio Ghibli, a shop called “TrapeFrape” selling character goods, a Japan Cu

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