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  • Watanabe Mayu to undergo treatment for acute tonsillitis

    October 31, 2014 @ 1:20 am

    It's been reported that AKB48's Watanabe Mayu has been diagnosed with acute tonsillitis and will devote herself to medical treatment for about 10 days.  Consequently, Watanabe will not be participating in the big handshake event for AKB48's single "Kokoro no Placard" Theater Edition (called "AKB48 'Kokoro no Placard' Gekijouban Hatsubai Kinen Dai Akushukai") that's scheduled to be held on November 3 at Makuhari Messe. The future course of action

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  • Toda Erika takes on her first newscaster role

    October 30, 2014 @ 2:05 am

    It's been revealed that actress Toda Erika will be challenging herself to her first newscaster role in the new CM for SS Pharmaceutical's 'Eve A Jou EX'. "Please take notice to whether or not I am able to successfully deliver my first news," she stated.In the CM, newscaster Toda delivers the news on a program that's displayed on an electronic billboard. She then watches the news spread throughout the world from atop a building. Toda was able

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  • Members of Dream become bridesmaids for 'Zexy' CM

    October 29, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    E-girls sub-unit Dream star in the new CM for bridal magazine 'Zexy'. The song that is being used in the CM is the group's song "Darling" (November 5 release), which reflects the feelings of a girl who waits for her boyfriend to propose to her. In the CM, members Shizuka, Aya, Ami, and Erie play cheerful, cute bridesmaids in baby blue dresses. After the CM shoot, the girls were asked what kind of dress would they want the members to wear if they

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  • Isono Kiriko gets hospitalized after suffering a stroke

    October 29, 2014 @ 2:58 am

    On October 28, it was reported that talento Isono Kiriko (50) was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke. The incident occurred on the evening of October 23. Her husband Takahashi Togo noticed that she wasn't feeling well and escorted her to a Tokyo hospital via an ambulance. The results of the medical exam showed that she had a type of stroke called a cerebral infarction. She is currently under hospital treatment and will

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 10/20 ~ 10/26

    October 29, 2014 @ 2:52 am

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for October 20-26. Take a look at the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Sky's The Limit" - V6 : 10/22 (95,467)2. "INCUBUS" - Acid Black Cherry : 10/22 (65,002)3. "AROUND THE WORLD" - GOT7 : 10/22 (36,489)4. "NoNoNo (Japanese ver.) - Apink : 10/22 (32,720)5. "The One" - EXILE SHOKICHI : 10/22 (29,073)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "THE DIGITALIAN" - Arashi : 10/22 (660,2

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  • ν[NEU] to disband at year's end

    October 28, 2014 @ 2:22 am

    Visual kei band ν[NEU] have announced that they will disband at the end of the year.ν[NEU] are currently in the middle of their 5th anniversary tour '★5th Anniversary★ONEMAN TOUR 2014', which started in July. They will put an end to their 5-year career after the finale on December 29 at Shibuya Kokaido.  A message from the members and their agency LOOP ASH has been posted on the band's official website. "Although there is not

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  • Members of 'Baito AKB' to make their CM debut

    October 28, 2014 @ 1:33 am

    The 53 members of 'Baito AKB' will be making their CM debut. They will co-star with AKB48's Watanabe Mayu, HKT48's Sashihara Rino, and other AKB members in the new CM for part-time job information website 'Baitoru'. 'Baito AKB' is a collaboration project between AKB48 and 'Baitoru'. Out of 13,246 applicants, 53 of them were chosen to work part time for 1,000 yen an hour. Besides Watanabe and Sashihara, AKB48's Kojima Haruna, Oshima

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  • AKB48's Tano Yuka & NMB48's Umeda Ayaka cast as Dorothy in 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' musical

    October 25, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

    On October 21, it was revealed that AKB48's Tano Yuka (17) and NMB48's Umeda Ayaka (25) have both been cast in the lead role for the musical "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." This decision came after a final round of auditions amongst the AKB48 group members.  Former AKB48 member Masuda Yuka (23) previously won the lead for 2 consecutive years starting in 2012. Stage director Miyamoto Amon (56) spoke about the unprecedented casting of double l

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  • Matsuda Seiko & Matsu Takako sing 'Akai Sweet Pea' together for a CM

    October 25, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    Singer Matsuda Seiko and actress Matsu Takako sing along to Matsuda's song "Akai Sweet Pea" together in a new CM for Total Aging Care Brand's 'Astalift'.  After shooting the CM, Matsuda expressed her joy of collaborating with Matsu, "I am so happy to sing 'Akai Sweet Pea' together with Matsu-san. I was able to sing it with a 'happy feeling'." Meanwhile, Matsu revealed, "I feel honored that my singing with Seiko-san will be used [in the CM], but

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 10/15~10/21

    October 24, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of October 15th to October 21st. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "C.O.S.M.O.S. ~Akizakura~" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 02 - "BRIGHTER DAY" - Amuro Namie 03 - "Suki" - Nishino Kana 04 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 05 - "Last Scene" - JUJU 06 - "Netsujou no Spectrum

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