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  • Zepp Fukuoka to close in May 2016

    April 11, 2015 @ 11:48 pm

    Zepp Fukuoka will be closing its doors on May 8, 2016.Zepp Fukuoka is located inside Hawks Town Mall near Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome. It will be closing as the mall will undergo a renewal. Currently, it hasn't been decided whether the venue will be opening at a different location. Zepp Fukuoka is the biggest live house in Fukuoka that opened in 1999. Many artists have performed at this venue. Source & Image: natalie

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  • Ueto Aya reported to be pregnant!

    April 11, 2015 @ 5:20 pm

    Actress Ueto Aya (29) is pregnant with her first child.2 years and 7 months have passed since Ueto married EXILE leader and LDH president and representative director HIRO (45). The actress is in the middle of shooting for TV Asahi drama 'I'm Home' (starts April 16). Sources say that people who know about the pregnancy have been warmly supporting her in strict secrecy. According to persons concerned, Ueto had been showing her desire of becomi

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  • Tanihara Shosuke welcomes his 6th child

    April 10, 2015 @ 2:48 am

    Congratulations to actor Tanihara Shosuke (42) on the newest addition to his family! He has welcomed his 6th child, a baby girl, earlier this month. Now a father of 3 boys and 3 girls, Tanihara expressed, "My 6th child was born safely. Both mother and child are healthy." Tanihara announced his wife's pregnancy during an event for his drama back in January. On his newborn baby girl, he said, "She's like a lovely flower that will bri

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  • J-POP SUMMIT announces dates for 2015 festival that will offer a wider array of Japanese pop culture attractions

    April 9, 2015 @ 4:29 am

    The J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture celebration held annually in San Francisco since 2009, has announced that its 7th annual event will take place Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9.The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT kicks off on Friday, August 7 with a very special Friday night premiere event at the historic Castro Theatre in association with the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco.This year, the popular Bay Area annual celebration of Jap

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/30 ~ 4/5

    April 8, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for March 30 to April 5. Take a look at the results below![Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Coquettish Juutai Chuu" - SKE48 : 3/31 (640,451)2. "Don't look back!" - NMB48 : 3/31 (447,282)3. "The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~ / GamushaLIFE / Tsugi no Kado wo Magare" - ℃-ute : 4/1 (60,689)4. "Kyuubi" - Kiryu : 4/1 (57,776)5. "Eikou Sunrise" - babyraids JAPAN : 4/1 (24,095)(Check out the full ranking her

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  • Yasuda Misako holds her wedding ceremony

    April 7, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    On April 5, talento Yasuda Misako and husband, designer Shimotori Naoyuki held their wedding ceremony and reception in Tokyo.About 240 people were in attendance, including Kumada Yoko, Natsukawa Jun, and Kobayashi Sari. Yasuda showed everyone her blissful smile, wearing a beautiful pure white wedding dress.  As one of the wedding gifts, guests received candles produced by Hirosue Ryoko's husband, candle artist Candle JUNE. Yasuda and Shimotori m

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  • Southern All Stars' first original album in 10 years tops Oricon chart

    April 7, 2015 @ 3:03 am

    Southern All Stars released their first original album in about 10 years, "Budo", on March 31. The long-awaited album sold 300,000 copies during its first week and grabbed the top spot on Oricon's weekly album ranking. When including their best-of albums, this marks their 17th chart-topping album.With this album, the band proved their long-standing popularity as they have topped the album ranking for 4 consecutive decades with 7 albums in the 198

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  • SKE48 wins the simultaneous single release competition against NMB48

    April 6, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

    SKE48's 17th single "Coquettish Juutai Chuu" (went on sale on March 31) sold 640,000 copies during the first week, coming out on top of Oricon's latest weekly single ranking.On the other hand, NMB48's single "Don't look back!" which was released on the same day as SKE48, was in second place with the first week sales of 447,000 copies. The first week sales for "Coquettish Juutai Chuu" exceeded the group's previous best record, 539,000 copies

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  • Tsunku♂ has his vocal cords removed

    April 4, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    Tsunku♂ has revealed that he has gotten his vocal cords removed.On April 4th, Tsunku♂ appeared at an entrance ceremony at his alma mater Kinki University. Instead of personally reading a congratulatory speech, he delivered the message through a video on the screen. Through the video message, he revealed that he had his vocal cords completely removed for cancer treatment.  Then on his official blog, Tsunku♂ wrote, "I had surgery in mid-October,

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  • PASSPO☆'s Makita Sako announces indefinite hiatus

    April 4, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    PASSPO☆'s Makita Sako has announced that she would go on an indefinite hiatus.This announcement was made on April 4 during the group's concert 'One Man Flight Tour 2015 ~more Attention~' at EX THEATER ROPPONGI. On her reason for the hiatus, Makita explained that after being in PASSPO☆ for 6 years, she wanted some time to take a look at herself again. She also revealed that she hasn't been able to perform at her best due to poor health since last

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