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  • New Country Musume to debut this winter

    November 5, 2014 @ 2:44 am

    Country Musume have changed their name to 'Country Girls'. The group will start their activities with six members who are Berryz Kobo's Tsugunaga Momoko, Hello Pro Kenshuusei's Inaba Manaka and Yamaki Risa, and Morning Musume 12th generation audition participants Ozeki Mai, Shimamura Uta, and Morito Chisa.Tsugunaga, who joined Country Girls as playing manager, commented, "Using the experience I gained in Berryz Kobo, I will do my best not to

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  • Kuwata Keisuke receives 'Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon' Award

    November 3, 2014 @ 12:15 am

    Kuwata Keisuke has been awarded the Shiju Hosho (also known as "Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon") for fall 2014. The Shiju Hosho is awarded in spring and fall for meritorious services in the fields of science, art, and sports. Singer Matsutoya Yumi received the same award in spring 2013. Regarding the award, Kuwata commented, "If I, who have always wanted to stand out ever since my debut and have continued to do extremely ordinary music, were

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 10/22~10/28

    November 2, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of October 22nd to October 28th. 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 - "Suki" - Nishino Kana 03 - "BRIGHTER DAY" - Amuro Namie 04 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 05 - "Zero-G" - Arashi 06 - "Happiness" - Che'Nelle

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  • Goto Maki dresses up as Sally from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

    November 2, 2014 @ 2:39 am

    A picture of Goto Maki dressed up as Sally from Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' was revealed via social curation magazine 'Alifis'. Goto, who is known to be very particular about things, took about 3 hours in makeup to complete Sally's look. She even placed an order with her stylist to perfect the costume.Goto serves as the chief curator for 'Alifis'. The photo shoot and inside stories are expected to be revealed via 'Alifis' at a l

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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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