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  • Sakurai Sho and Ninomiya Kazunari talk about their private lifestyles at Kirin Beer product launch

    February 5, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    At Kirin Beer's new product "Shin Ichiban Shibori" launch, Arashi's Sakurai Sho and Ninomiya Kazunari appeared at the event as representatives of the group, who is Kirin's new CM personality. Just as Kirin is particular about the new beer's ingredients, Sakurai and Ninomiya were asked what they are most particular about in private. ----- As you know, "Shin Ichiban Shibori" is all about the ingredients. What are you most particular about? Ninomiya

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  • Fukushi Sota to release a desk calendar

    February 5, 2014 @ 12:55 am

    Popular young actor Fukushi Sota will release his first ever desk calendar on March 6. The calendar will feature pictures showing a "new Fukushi Sota" that he has never shown before. Furthermore, the calendar will include shots of "adult" Fukushi as well as the innocent and boyish Fukushi. The design alternates pictures with two-week calendars and fans can pick their favorite cards to decorate it. During the photoshoot for the cale

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  • Oshima Yuko's 'graduation trip' in Hawaii captured in AKB48's upcoming photobook

    February 4, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    AKB48 group's photobook and DVD "AKB48 Kaigai Ryokou Nikki 3 ~ Hawaii wa Hawaii~" will be released on March 29. 35 popular members from AKB48, SKE48 and NMB48 visited Hawaii over New Year's and the fans can take a look at the members in their swimsuit, relaxing at the beaches in this volume. For member Oshima Yuko (25) who made her graduation announcement at the NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen on January 31, it was like her 'graduation trip'

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  • AKB48's Uchida Mayumi makes her novelist debut

    February 4, 2014 @ 2:26 am

    On February 3, AKB48 member Uchida Mayumi held a release event for her romance novel 'Ienai Koigokoro' at Fukuya Bookstore Shinjuku Subnade.   As the first member from AKB48 to make her novelist debut, Uchida laughed and said, "I am proud of it." Although the novel is a story that portrays the romance of 6 female idols, she stated, "99.9% of it was written from my imagination. My secret love? I leave that up to your imagination." 

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  • 'FLASH' reports Sawajiri Erika's new romance

    February 4, 2014 @ 2:22 am

    The February 4th issue of tabloid magazine 'FLASH' has reported actress Sawajiri Erika's (27) new romance.   According to the magazine, Sawajiri attended a cafe opening event in Ebisu late last month with a man around her age. During the event, Sawajiri was seen with the man resting his head on her lap. Earlier, there were reports of the actress in a relationship with a fashion designer, however, the magazine claims that this is a new

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  • Kiriya Kazuaki congratulates his ex-wife Utada Hikaru on her marriage

    February 3, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    Film director Kiriya Kazuaki (45) congratulated his ex-wife, singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru (31) on her upcoming marriage.   Kiriya revealed, "I heard this from her a few months ago," and  gave her his blessings, "I am very happy. I pray from the bottom of my heart that she will always build a happy family." Kiriya and Utada met at a meeting for her new song's jacket shoot back in 2000. They married in September of 2002,

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  • Morning Musume '14 tops Oricon chart for 4th consecutive time, 1st time in group's history

    February 3, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    Morning Musume '14's 55th single "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?" (went on sale on January 29) sold 149,000 copies during the first week, and it topped Oricon's weekly single ranking. This marked their 4th consecutive (15th in total) chart-topping single, and it is the very first time for the group to achieve it since they made their major debut back in January of 1998.Up until now, their best number of t

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  • Utada Hikaru to get married!

    February 3, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    On February 3rd, Utada Hikaru updated her official website announcing that she will be getting married. Below is a translated message from Utada Hikaru. "I will be getting married soon.I thought about making the announcement after quietly holding the ceremony, but I've already received inquiries and it seems there are already rumors, so I am making the announcement at this time. I laughed a little because it was unexpected myself. My partner is

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  • Ohno Satoshi attends JAL new services launch press conference

    February 1, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    On January 30, Japan Airlines held its press conference for "new products and services in domestic flights" introducing its new services starting in May. At the press conference, Arashi's Ohno Satoshi attended the event as Arashi is the image character for JAL. He promoted the new products in a "mature atmosphere". Starting in May, all the seats including those in Economy class will have new leather seats and the lighting in the plane will b

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  • Actress Ozawa Maju announces her engagement and pregnancy

    January 31, 2014 @ 3:36 am

    It's been reported that actress Ozawa Maju (37) will be registering her marriage with a dentist (29) in mid-February. This was announced on January 31 by her agency through a fax. Ozawa is currently pregnant and is expected to give birth in mid-September.  The couple met through a mutual acquaintance and decided to tie the knot after about two years of dating. Ozawa will continue working while keeping an eye on her physical condition.Ozawa'

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