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  • Guitarist Fujioka Mikio passes away at 36 years old

    January 10, 2018 @ 3:06 am

    It's been reported that guitarist Fujioka Mikio passed away on January 5.According to his Twitter account, Fujioka fell from a height while stargazing on December 30. While undergoing treatment, his condition took a sudden turn for the worse on January 5. He passed away at a young age of 36 leaving behind two daughters. Fujioka made his debut as TRICK BOX with a self-titled album in 2007. Since 2013, he had been the guitarist for B

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  • Ex-Nogizaka46 Hatanaka Seira marries non-celebrity man

    January 10, 2018 @ 3:02 am

    Hatanaka Seira (ex. Nogizaka46) has announced that she married a non-celebrity man last fall. Due to her husband's work, she will be moving to Yamaguchi Prefecture. Hatanaka graduated from Nogizaka46 in April of 2015. She starred in the stage play 'Mieta Mienai Sekai' in 2016 and 'Happy Market!' in 2017. On her future activities, she commented, "My lifestyle and environment will change significantly after getting married and moving

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  • X Japan returns to USA for Coachella 2018 debut

    January 9, 2018 @ 3:22 am

    Legendary Japanese rock group X JAPAN will return to the U.S. this spring (Saturday, April 14, Saturday, April 21) for their debut performances at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.  Returning to the states after major concerts at Lollapalooza (2010) and headlining Madison Square Garden (2014), Coachella 2018 will mark the dramatic return to drumming for the band's creative leader YOSHIKI. After his emergency surgery las

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  • Former NMB48's Kishino Rika announces engagement and pregnancy

    January 9, 2018 @ 3:09 am

    Former NMB48 member and rock band Over The Top vocalist Kishino Rika (23) has announced that she will marry basketball player Nakahigashi Taito (25). They are also expecting a child together. On Over The Top's official website, Kishino announced, "I am marrying someone I have been dating for some time. He is Nakahigaki Taito-san of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins. We plan to register our marriage in mid-January, and we are also expecting a baby.

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  • Ayaka & Miura Daichi's collaboration song used in CM for Tokyo Metro

    January 6, 2018 @ 3:56 am

    Ayaka and Miura Daichi's collaboration song "Heart Up" is featured in the CM for Tokyo Metro's "Find my Tokyo" campaign. Actress Ishihara Satomi serves as the image character and Kobayashi Takeshi as the music producer for the "Find my Tokyo" campaign CM series. In the CM, Ishihara visits spots in Nishi-Nippori where you "unconsciously want to take pictures."  "Heart Up" will be released as a single on February 14. It was written

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  • Niigaki Risa & Kotani Yoshikazu divorce

    January 6, 2018 @ 3:48 am

    Niigaki Risa has announced that she and actor Kotani Yoshikazu have divorced.  Niigaki and Kotani registered their marriage in July of 2016. On the reason for their divorce, she explained on her blog, "We reached the conclusion that it would be best for both of us if we went our separate ways." She continued, "I am terribly sorry for causing worries to those who celebrated with us and supported us."Kotani also updated his blog reporting the

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  • SEKAI NO OWARI's Saori gives birth to first child

    January 4, 2018 @ 3:28 am

    SEKAI NO OWARI's pianist Saori has announced the birth of her first child. Both Saori and husband, actor Ikeda Dai made the announcement via their respective Twitter accounts. Saori wrote, "Tears filled my eyes when I finally met this adorable small life. I am grateful for my husband for always supporting me and for our child for coming into our lives." While sharing that mother and baby are in healthy condition, Ikeda expressed, "I was able to

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  • Former SKE48 member Furukawa Airi married and welcomed baby last year

    January 2, 2018 @ 3:38 am

    On January 1, former SKE48 member and illustrator Furukawa Airi (28) announced via Twitter that she had gotten married and welcomed a baby last year. Furukawa began by saying, "Thank you for your warm support," and shared the happy news, "This is out of the blue, but I, Furukawa Airi, would like to announce that I married a non-celebrity man and gave birth to our baby last year." She continued, "I was able to continue working until today wit

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  • ANGERME's Aikawa Maho announces graduation

    January 2, 2018 @ 3:36 am

    Aikawa Maho has announced her graduation from ANGERME and Hello! Project.Aikawa had put her activities on hold since last January due to panic disorder. Her condition is continuing to improve, and she has been attending university. However, she has not been able to judge whether or not she would be able to resume her activities in ANGERME. As such, she has decided to graduate in order not to cause any more trouble.  A message has been poste

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  • Flower's Fujii Shuka to retire from showbiz

    January 2, 2018 @ 3:33 am

    Flower member Fujii Shuka has announced her retirement from showbiz.  Since October, Fujii had been taking a break from performing due to a cervical herniated disc. On her reason for retirement, she explained that her condition has worsened, "I don't want to cause anymore trouble than I already have. In addition, I want to broaden my potential in a different world and place and find new things I want to challenge and achieve them. These fee

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