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  • Ayase Haruka takes over the Glico signboard in Osaka for a limited time

    August 26, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    The 'Glico signboard', located in Dotonbori, Osaka, is currently undergoing a renewal. A special signboard recently went up featuring actress Ayase Haruka raising her arms as she finishes a race instead of the iconic Glico running man.Since the signboard was first installed in 1935, it has featured a runner finishing a race. The current one represents the 5th generation signboard and it has been used for 16 years. It was taken down on August

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  • Ichihara Hayato & Mukouyama Shiho are expecting their first child

    August 26, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    It's been reported that actor Ichihara Hayato (27) and model Mukouyama Shiho (28) are expecting their first child. According to sources, Mukouyama is currently 6 months pregnant and is expected to give birth before the year's end.Rumors of the couple's romantic relationship surfaced just this year. In response, Ichihara wrote on his blog, "I'm sure some people have heard about this through the media, but I am in a relationship with a certain woma

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  • SKE48's Kato Tomoko and Kinoshita Yukiko to graduate from the group

    August 26, 2014 @ 12:25 am

    It's been announced that SKE48 Team KII's Kato Tomoko and Kinoshita Yukiko will be graduating from the group.This announcement was made on August 25 during Team KII's stage performance 'Ramune no Nomikata' at SKE48 Theater. Kato explained, "I will belong to an agency in Tokyo. It's a versatile agency that has a lot of people working in variety. I felt strongly about moving to Tokyo and doing what I want to do. I worried thinking about many things

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  • EXILE TRIBE's latest single sells over 320,000 copies in the first week

    August 25, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

    EXILE TRIBE's newest song "THE REVOLUTION" (went on sale on August 20) sold 322,000 copies during the first week of its release, topping Oricon's weekly single ranking. It exceeded the first week sales of their previous single "BURNING UP" (released in July 2013) which sold 288,000 copies, and this is their 2nd consecutive chart-topping single. TAKAHIRO, NESMITH, SHOKICHI from EXILE, Imaichi Ryuji and Tosaka Hiroomi from Sandaime J Soul Brothers

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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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