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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 8/13~8/19

    August 23, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of August 13th to August 19th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Darling" - Nishino Kana 02 - "Puzzle" - Shonan no Kaze 03 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 04 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 05 - "Himawari no Yakusoku" - Hata Motohiro

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  • Utada Hikaru tweets about the first anniversary of her mother's death

    August 23, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    On August 23, singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru expressed her thoughts about the first anniversary of her mother's death.   A year has gone by since Utada's mother, enka singer Fuji Keiko passed away on August 22, 2013. Regarding the first anniversary of her mother's passing, Utada revealed via Twitter that she was initially troubled, "I wasn't sure how to spend it, or what kind of feelings I should have." She shared that she as

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  • Golden Bomber's Kiryuin Sho pours ink over himself for ALS

    August 23, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    Golden Bomber's Kiryuin Sho (Vo-karu) has uploaded a video onto YouTube regarding the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'.Kiryuin, who was nominated by Kishidan's Ayanokoji Sho, stated, "I wanted to pour ice water over myself, but Golden Bomber is in the middle of a nationwide tour, and I don't want to catch a cold, so I will not [pour ice water]." He then declared that he would be donating money to the cause. However, as a performer himse

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  • AKB48's Fukuoka Seina fractures her right arm

    August 21, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

    It's been reported that AKB48 member Fukuoka Seina (14) fell while performing at the group's Tokyo Dome live on August 20. After getting examined by a doctor, it was revealed that she fractured the proximal end of her right upper arm. She is required to undergo treatment for 3 to 4 weeks. Fukuoka will be taking a break from all theater performances for the time being. In addition, her birthday event, which was scheduled to be held on August

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  • Akimoto Yasushi and Watanabe Mayu take on the ice bucket challenge

    August 21, 2014 @ 1:22 am

    A video of Akimoto Yasushi taking on the ALS ice bucket challenge was uploaded onto AKB48's YouTube channel on August 20.Akimoto, who was nominated by Gentosha Inc. president Kenjou Toru, boldly accepted the challenge. It took place after the group's 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome. Members Takahashi Minami and Sashihara Rino assisted in dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. "I support the ALS ice bucket challenge," he stated. Shortly after, 

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 8/11 ~ 8/17

    August 20, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for August 11 to 17. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Another Future" - Kis-My-Ft2 : 8/13 (214,682)2. "EVERLASTING" - L'Arc~en~Ciel : 8/13 (54,627)3. "Bukiyou Taiyou" - SKE48 : 7/30 (46,145)4. "A Ha Ha! ~Chouzetsu Bakushou Ondo~" - SUPER☆GiRLS : 8/13 (41,385)5. "Odoru Ponpokorin" - E-girls : 8/13 (31,777)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Sekai no Chuushin

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi does the ALS Ice Bucket challenge

    August 20, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    On August 20, Hamasaki Ayumi uploaded a video of her ALS ice bucket challenge onto her Facebook account.In the video, Hamasaki declares in English, "I accept the ice bucket challenge for ALS." Then she has a man dump a bucket of ice water over her head to which she responds with a scream and a dash across the grass.   The three people Hamasaki nominated were EXILE HIRO, AAA's Urata Naoya, and Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers. 

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  • Kiritani Mirei shows off her beautiful skin in CM for Kose

    August 20, 2014 @ 1:55 am

    Actress Kiritani Mirei has been chosen as the image character for Kose's 'Nature and Co'. She is featured in the product's new CM showing off her beautiful skin.The CM was shot in a mysterious forest that represents the company's worldview. Surrounded by real trees, Kiritani claims that she was able to relax during the shoot. The new CM will begin airing on September 10.Source & Image: Oricon

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  • Actress Nishihara Aki gives birth to her first child

    August 19, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

    It's been reported that actress Nishihara Aki (26) has given birth to her first child.According to her official blog, Nishihara gave birth to a baby girl on August 15 at 11:11 am. She revealed, "I was able to safely give birth to a 2885 gram (6 lbs 6 oz), healthy baby girl," and expressed her joy, "I wanted to meet her for a long time. The baby that I used to talk to while inside my stomach is now in my arms. That is such a happy thing. Righ

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 8/6~8/12

    August 16, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of August 6th to August 12th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Darling" - Nishino Kana 02 - "Puzzle" - Shonan no Kaze 03 - "Himawari no Yakusoku" - Hata Motohiro 04 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 05 - "Love Song wa Tomaranai yo" - Ikimonogakari

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