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  • Morning Musume.14's Michishige Sayumi to be absent from single release event

    January 30, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    It's been reported that Morning Musume.14 member Michishige Sayumi will be absent from the release event for the group's single "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?" on January 30 at Tower Records Shinjuku due to her poor health condition.  Michishige revealed that she had been sneezing during an event the day before. "I went to see a doctor, and I am taking medicine, so I am okay," she said.After the eve

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 1/20 ~ 1/26

    January 29, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    Below are the results from Oricon's latest weekly charts for January 20th to the 26th. [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Snow Magic Fantasy" - SEKAI NO OWARI : 1/22 (100,041)2. "Colorful Days" - LinQ : 1/22 (22,215)3. "Hibiki" - Kanjani8 : 1/15 (21,424)4. "Chenmen Tengoku" - FUDANJUKU : 1/22 (20,382)5. "Kamonegikkusu" - NMB48 : 10/02/2013 (18,964)(Check out the full ranking here.)---[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Tsugi no Ashiato" - AKB48 : 1/22 (961,531)2.

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 01/22~01/28

    January 29, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of January 22nd to January 28th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "TSUKI" - Amuro Namie 02 - "Harukaze" - Rihwa 03 - "Boku wa Pegasus Kimi wa Polaris" - MISIA 04 - "Zutto feat. HAN-KUN & TEE" - SPICY CHOCOLATE 05 - "Snow Magic Fantasy" - SEKAI NO OWARI 06 - "Story Of M

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  • 'Sazae-san' voice actor Nagai Ichiro passes away

    January 29, 2014 @ 2:27 am

    Voice actor Nagai Ichiro, known for his role as Isono Namihei in Japan's national anime "Sazae-san", passed away on January 27 at a hospital in Hiroshima City at the age of 82. The news was announced on the official website of his agency, Aoni Production.According to the announcement, Nagai had been at the broadcast station in Hiroshima for work in the afternoon on January 26 and was staying at a hotel in the city. On January 27 before noon, he w

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  • Not yet's new song revealed through Oshima Yuko's new CM

    January 29, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    Not yet's new song "Sekai no Kaze wo Bokura wa Ukete" has been selected as the CM song for "Gaitame Online". Oshima Yuko has been starring in "Gaitame Online"'s TV commercials and the song "Tsugi no Pierce" from their 5th single "Hiri Hiri no Hana" was used previously. The new CMs, "Business chapter" and "Holiday chapter" featuring Oshima Yuko, have been revealed on Gaitame Online's official Youtube channel and fans can listen to part of the

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  • SMAP, AKB48, Perfume, Yuzu and more to participate in NHK's earthquake disaster anniversary concert

    January 28, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    NHK will broadcast the special program "3 Years Since the Earthquake 'Ashita e' Concert" on March 10 (Monday) from 19:30 onwards (JST). The 2.5 hour live broadcast will feature popular artists to encourage the rebuilding efforts in Japan through the power of music. The program will also introduce the present time and recovery efforts in the disaster-struck areas in Japan so that memories of the earthquake will never be forgotten. Currently, par

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  • Ayano Go, Maeda Atsuko and Narimiya Hiroki to costar in Ninagawa theatre production

    January 28, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    Actor Ayano Go, who is popular in dramas and movies, will now challenge theatre for the first time. His first performance, "Taiyou 2068", directed by famous theatre director Ninagawa Yukio, will be the 25th anniversary show for Bunkamura. The script is based on playwright Maekawa Tomohiro's award-winning masterpiece "Taiyou", but is newly written just for Ninagawa. The sci-fi play is set in the near future, where "Knox", a new kind of stronger an

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  • Kawamura Yosuke celebrates the birth of his 2nd child

    January 28, 2014 @ 3:29 am

    On January 27, actor Kawamura Yosuke (30) announced the birth of his second child.   Kawamura married his wife (29) back in January of 2011. They welcomed their first child, a daughter (2), in June of the same year. Their second child, a 3,284 gram (7 lb 3 oz) baby boy, was born on the 27th at 11:19 am at a hospital in Saitama. Both mother and baby are in healthy condition. On his blog, Kawamura expressed, "I've always wanted a bo

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  • SEKAI NO OWARI tops Oricon weekly ranking for the 1st time

    January 27, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    4-member rock band SEKAI NO OWARI's 5th single "Snow Magic Fantasy" (released January 22) sold 100,000 copies during the first week, and topped Oricon's latest weekly ranking. This marked the very first time for the band to top the chart including both their singles and albums, and the first week sales for this single also became their best record.SEKAI NO OWARI is comprised of Fukase (Vocalist), Nakajin (Guitar), Saori (Piano), and DJ LOVE (DJ)

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  • AKB48's latest album sells over 950,000 copies in the first week

    January 27, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    AKB48's latest original album 'Tsugi no Ashiato' (went on sale on January 22) sold 962,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon's weekly ranking. This is the first time in 5 years and 2 months for an album to sell over 900,000 copies during the first week since EXILE's best-of album "EXILE BALLAD BEST" accomplished it by selling 944,000 copies. Also, this album allowed AKB48 to become the 2nd female group to sell their album over 900,000 cop

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