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  • AKB48's Uchida Mayumi makes her novelist debut

    February 4, 2014 @ 2:26 am

    On February 3, AKB48 member Uchida Mayumi held a release event for her romance novel 'Ienai Koigokoro' at Fukuya Bookstore Shinjuku Subnade.   As the first member from AKB48 to make her novelist debut, Uchida laughed and said, "I am proud of it." Although the novel is a story that portrays the romance of 6 female idols, she stated, "99.9% of it was written from my imagination. My secret love? I leave that up to your imagination." 

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  • 'FLASH' reports Sawajiri Erika's new romance

    February 4, 2014 @ 2:22 am

    The February 4th issue of tabloid magazine 'FLASH' has reported actress Sawajiri Erika's (27) new romance.   According to the magazine, Sawajiri attended a cafe opening event in Ebisu late last month with a man around her age. During the event, Sawajiri was seen with the man resting his head on her lap. Earlier, there were reports of the actress in a relationship with a fashion designer, however, the magazine claims that this is a new

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  • Kiriya Kazuaki congratulates his ex-wife Utada Hikaru on her marriage

    February 3, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    Film director Kiriya Kazuaki (45) congratulated his ex-wife, singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru (31) on her upcoming marriage.   Kiriya revealed, "I heard this from her a few months ago," and  gave her his blessings, "I am very happy. I pray from the bottom of my heart that she will always build a happy family." Kiriya and Utada met at a meeting for her new song's jacket shoot back in 2000. They married in September of 2002,

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  • Morning Musume '14 tops Oricon chart for 4th consecutive time, 1st time in group's history

    February 3, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    Morning Musume '14's 55th single "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?" (went on sale on January 29) sold 149,000 copies during the first week, and it topped Oricon's weekly single ranking. This marked their 4th consecutive (15th in total) chart-topping single, and it is the very first time for the group to achieve it since they made their major debut back in January of 1998.Up until now, their best number of t

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  • Utada Hikaru to get married!

    February 3, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    On February 3rd, Utada Hikaru updated her official website announcing that she will be getting married. Below is a translated message from Utada Hikaru. "I will be getting married soon.I thought about making the announcement after quietly holding the ceremony, but I've already received inquiries and it seems there are already rumors, so I am making the announcement at this time. I laughed a little because it was unexpected myself. My partner is

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  • Ohno Satoshi attends JAL new services launch press conference

    February 1, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    On January 30, Japan Airlines held its press conference for "new products and services in domestic flights" introducing its new services starting in May. At the press conference, Arashi's Ohno Satoshi attended the event as Arashi is the image character for JAL. He promoted the new products in a "mature atmosphere". Starting in May, all the seats including those in Economy class will have new leather seats and the lighting in the plane will b

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  • Actress Ozawa Maju announces her engagement and pregnancy

    January 31, 2014 @ 3:36 am

    It's been reported that actress Ozawa Maju (37) will be registering her marriage with a dentist (29) in mid-February. This was announced on January 31 by her agency through a fax. Ozawa is currently pregnant and is expected to give birth in mid-September.  The couple met through a mutual acquaintance and decided to tie the knot after about two years of dating. Ozawa will continue working while keeping an eye on her physical condition.Ozawa'

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  • Nounen Rena wears a wedding dress for the first time in upcoming CM

    January 31, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    Actress Nounen Rena (20) attended the press conference as the CM personality for Kanpo Seimei on January 30. The "Life is full of dreams" chapter of the CM will go on air from February 3 and onwards, and Nounen will appear in 19 different outfits, including a wedding dress.It will also be her first time in a wedding dress, on which the actress commented, "It was my first time so I was happy, but when I actually wore it and looked at myself,

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  • 'Sukitte Iinayo' reveals movie poster featuring kiss scenes between Kawaguchi Haruna and Fukushi Sota

    January 31, 2014 @ 12:02 am

    The movie poster for the movie adaptation of best-selling manga "Sukitte Iinayo" featuring Kawaguchi Haruna and Fukushi Sota has been released, showing the two leads kissing. The movie is about a couple's first love. While sharing many of their "first experience" - kissing, holding hands, falling in love - they learn the meanings of gentle kindness, preciousness, jealousy, and pain, and eventually grow from it. The many kiss scenes in the mo

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  • Utada Hikaru updates Twitter after a month of absence

    January 30, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    Singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru, who was absent from her schedule radio program "KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru" (Inter FM) due to health reasons, updated her fans through Twitter on January 30. After a month of silence on her social media account, she updated fans with a tweet that read, "The street said Hi so I said Hi back", with a picture of her hand. Since this didn't give any  indication of her current state of health, her

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